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Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza

 
 
The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By TSgt. James R. Pearson,, May 1987
1. The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza Marker
Photo courtesy of the Defense Visual Information Directorate.
Inscription. This plaza is dedicated to the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, including General Daniel "Chappie" James, whose training at Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Army Air Field enabled them to prove for all time the competence and bravery of Black Americans in the U.S. Air Force.

This plaza commemorates their courageous service in the air and on the ground--both women and men--in defense of the United States of America. Without their commitment and daring, America's victories over her enemies would have been much more difficult.
 
Erected 1987 by Tuskegee University.
 
Location. 32° 25.898′ N, 85° 42.605′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on Campus Road east of Foster [West Outer] Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The plaza is on the campus of Tuskegee University (which is contiguous with the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site), west of the City of Tuskegee via W. Montgomery Road (MS-126). Marker is at or near this postal address: Tuskegee University, 1200 W. Montgomery Rd., Tuskegee Institute AL 36088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tuskegee University (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Monroe Campbell
The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
2. The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booker T Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lifting the Veil of Ignorance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuskegee Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Carver (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dorothy Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuskegee Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Institute.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Daniel James, Jr. first African American four-star general, 1975. (Submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. (Submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Moton Field;
 
Categories. African AmericansAir & SpaceEducationHeroesNotable Persons
 
Dedication Ceremony for the General James Memorial Hall at Tuskegee University image. Click for full size.
By SSGT Rose Reynolds, May 1987
3. Dedication Ceremony for the General James Memorial Hall at Tuskegee University
President Ronald Reagan and on his right Dr. Benjamin Payton, President of Tuskegee University, during the graduating class ceremonies and the dedication of the GEN James Memorial Hall at Tuskegee University.
Photo courtesy of the Defense Visual Information Directorate.
Main entrance to the Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace and Health Education image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
4. Main entrance to the Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace and Health Education
(Paul Rudolph, architect). Dedicated May 1987 by President Ronald Reagan along with the commemorative aircraft (visible behind the columns, middle-right of photo) in the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza.
General Daniel "Chappie" James Memorial Hall image. Click for full size.
By TSGT James R. Pearson, May 1987
5. General Daniel "Chappie" James Memorial Hall
Part of the Tuskegee University in Alabama, the hall houses memorabilia depicting the life and contributions of GEN James, the nations first African American four-star Air Force General.
Photo courtesy of the Defense Visual Information Directorate.
USAF F-4C Phantom (433rd TFS) in the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
6. USAF F-4C Phantom (433rd TFS) in the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza
This aircraft, the centerpiece of the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza, was flown by Tuskegee alumnus, General Daniel "Chappie" James during the Vietnam War. The marker can be seen in the distance, just to the right of the aircraft's display pylon.
F-4C Phantom II aircraft in the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza image. Click for full size.
By TSgt. James R. Pearson, May 1987
7. F-4C Phantom II aircraft in the Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza
An F-4C Phantom II aircraft stands in front of the Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education at Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza, Tuskegee University. The Phantom is the last aircraft flown by James, who was the nation's first black four-star Air Force general.
Photo courtesy of the Defense Visual Information Directorate.
Tuskegee Airman, then-Col. Daniel "Chappie" James and his F-4C Phantom II fighter plane image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Air Force
8. Tuskegee Airman, then-Col. Daniel "Chappie" James and his F-4C Phantom II fighter plane
in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,824 times since then and 103 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on June 17, 2009.   2. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on June 17, 2009.   4. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on June 17, 2009.   6. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on June 17, 2009.   8. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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