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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 43.848′ N, 84° 9.882′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Kentucky, in Whitley County. Marker is on S 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg KY 40769, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cumberland College (approx. 0.4 Roburn Hall (approx. half a mile away); Clyde V. and Patricia Bennett Building (approx. half a mile away); Mahan Hall (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); "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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
Categories. • Education • War, World II •
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