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Bringing the Heroes of Yesterday to the Students of Today...

This website offers lesson plans and activities to help bring the courageous contributions and heroic story of the Tuskegee Airmen to West Virginia students.

Why Teach About the Tuskegee Airmen?
West Virginia played an integral role in the training and support of the Tuskegee Airmen long before they accepted their challenging missions during World War II. Originally an "experiment" to train black aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen became one of the most celebrated squadrons in history. They earned over 100 Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Star Medals, eight Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, Legion of Merit and three Presidential Unit Citations. They were also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by then-President George W. Bush.
Unmatched by Any Other Flight Squadron

The Tuskegee Airmen never lost a plane to combat - a feat unrivaled by any other flight squadron and a testament to their uncompromising sacrifice and heroism. In addition to attacking enemy planes in the air, the Tuskegee Airmen broke down barriers of prejudice and racism throughout the country. In a time when no one believed black men could fly, the Tuskegee Airmen rose to the challenge and paved the way for military desegregation.

Diversity in the Classroom
Teaching students about West Virginia history and the impact the Tuskegee Airmen had on our nation's victory is a perfect example of how commitment and courage can overcome even the harshest obstacles. By using the instructional materials provided on this website, you'll not only be teaching your students an important history lesson, but you'll also be instructing them on the values of diversity, teamwork and determination.

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