The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project

An exhibit that serves as a visual history lesson about the first black combat aviators who served in the U.S. military during World War II.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
10:00am @ Central Library
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Photographer Jerry Taliaferro, nationally recognized for his groundbreaking exhibit Women of a New Tribe, presents his latest effort, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.

The exhibit serves as a visual history lesson about the first black combat aviators who served in the U.S. military during World War II. They 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 was deployed to North Africa to enter combat while beginning the critical test phase of the "Tuskegee Project." The outcome of this test would affect the future opportunities of blacks in and out of the military.

The exhibit tells the story by providing information about race relations in America before World War II as well as black involvement in early aviation. Photographs, narratives, models, maps, and graphics are used to inform visitors about the men, the aircraft they flew, and the operations in which they participated.