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Mid-State Researcher Paying Tribute to Famed Tuskegee Airmen

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state historian will pay tribute this weekend to the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first all African-American military air corps.

Dr. Randy Johnson is an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Johnson will be traveling to Alabama this weekend to attend a dedication of a new museum inside Hanger Two on Moton Field where the Tuskegee Airmen took their initial flight training.

The field is now a National Historic Site and Dr. Johnson has been helping the National Park Service conduct research into the site’s history for several years.

Johnson also helped convert Hanger Two into a museum dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen.

“What was very profound to me is that these men and women, who were part of this experience in Tuskegee, Alabama, not only fought for our nation – fought to get the wings they wanted, the pilots did – but they also fought racism in the South during probably one of the toughest times in our history.”

The dedication of Hanger Two at Moton Field will take place Saturday and several of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen are expected to attend.