The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will be on view to the public from July 14-16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St Paul, MN 55155. The Exhibit will be located on John Ireland Boulevard.
Sponsored by MnDOT Aeronautics and coordinated by MnDOT’s African-American Employee Resource Group, the exhibit features the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron. The film “Rise Above” will be screened using a 160-degree panoramic screen, inside of a 30-seat mobile movie theater.
The film is to educate and inspire audiences of all ages about the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They overcame adversity and proved themselves in WWII against difficult obstacles. Visit www.redtail.org to learn more.
CAF Red Tail Squadron is uniquely tied to the state as the project was founded here and continues today. Eight of the Tuskegee Airmen pilots have called Minnesota home. The only surviving pilot is Dr. Harold Brown who will be present at the exhibit opening.
Robert Brown, Nathanial Goins, Stanley Harris, Vernon Hopson, Joseph Gomer, William Morgan, and Kenneth Wofford have since passed on Wednesday, July 16. Wofford was a former MnDOT Aeronautics director and was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall in 1999.
The 2014 AirExpo at Flying Cloud Air Field follows on July 19-20. For information visit www.wotn.org.