Williamsburg in Whitley County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Roy Martis Chappell
A Williamsburg native and Ky. State Univ. student, he was a World War II Tuskegee Airman and B-25 navigator and bombardier. He participated in the 1945 "Freemen Mutiny" where 101 black officers fought inequality by entering a segregated officers' club. This induced Pres. Truman to end military segregation three years later.
Helped coordinate Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program to introduce flight and careers in aviation to children. A teacher and guidance counselor, he received awards for his work with youths. He died Sept 22, 2002, and is buried in Chicago. Presented by City of Williamsburg, Whitley Co. KYTC/Aviation, & Dr. Lucy Chappell via Ky. State Univ.
Erected 2005 by Kentucky Historical Society-Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1702.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1884.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg KY 40769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cumberland College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Roburn Hall (approx. half a mile away); Clyde V. and Patricia Bennett Building (approx. half a mile away); "Aunt Julia" Marcum (approx. 0.9 miles away); Scott's Raid (approx. 0.9 miles away); County Named, 1818 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Samuel Cox, 1756-1832 (approx. one mile away); First White Men Here (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
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