Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Willa Brown Chappell
(1906 - 1992)
This Glasgow native was the first African American woman to earn a pilotís license in the U.S., 1937. That year, she also earned masters degree from Northwestern Univ. She was first African American officer in Civil Air Patrol (1941) & first American woman to hold both a mechanicís license & commercial pilotís license (1943).
Co-founder of National Airmenís Association of America, which worked to get African Americans into U.S. Air Force. In 1940, she co-founded the Coffey School of Aeronautics which trained black pilots. Some of these pilots became part of the Tuskegee Airmen. She was influential in the integration of the U.S. military in 1948.
Erected 2013 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2398.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 59.731′ N, 85° 54.788′ W. Marker is in Glasgow, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker is at the intersection of Race Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling south on Race Street. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nettie B.C. Depp (here, next to this marker); Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour / Barren County CSA Medalists (within shouting distance of this marker); Luska Joseph Twyman (within shouting distance of this marker); Christmas Mishap (within shouting distance of this marker); Barren County World War I Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Billy Vaughn (within shouting distance of this marker); Barren County Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters Troop, 123rd Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Glasgow.
Also see . . . Willa Brown - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 3, 2015.)
Categories. • African Americans • Air & Space • Civil Rights •
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