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Air Zoo to open Tuskegee Airmen exhibit

May 17, 2011

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-On May 21 the Air Zoo will open The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project, an exhibit about the first black combat aviators who served in the U.S. military during World War II.

The Tuskegee Airmen were part of an effort by the U.S. War Department to determine if blacks were capable of being effective airmen. In 1943, the first squadron of black aviators deployed to North Africa to enter combat while beginning the critical test phase of the "Tuskegee Project." The outcome of this test ultimately affected the future opportunities of blacks in and out of the military.

The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project tells the incredible story of these men and pays tribute to them through photographs, narratives, models, maps and graphics. The exhibit was created by nationally recognized photographer Jerry Taliaferro and has previously been on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and The Kansas City Public Library.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit or call 269.382.6555.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Road in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is free. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package or can be purchased individually with tickets.

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