Some of the programs the society offers are: Monthly lecture series with guest speakers • Museum tours • Walking tours of historic New Castle • Lawrence County Trivia Competition • Sports Hall of Fame • Fireworks exhibits • Ice cream social • Membership & Friends Dinner • Haunted History Walking Tour • Mistletoe Magic • Open House with Santa
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The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE - Open to the Public
JOIN US 7 pm On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 when Jean Speight, local historian and a retired New Castle School District teacher, presents, “The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” The program features a power point and lecture. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
“In 1925, an Army War College Study of black troops in World War l concluded that “blacks would never have what it takes to fly aircraft of any type.” It stated that “they lacked intelligence and were cowards under combat conditions.” The War Department tradition and policy mandated segregation of African Americans into separate units staffed by white officers. These units were limited to specific jobs, such as cooks, truck drivers, and construction workers.” J. Speight
The Tuskegee Airmen were the very first African American U.S. Army Air Force unit to fight in World War II. The unit was comprised primarily of African Americans flyers and the other African American soldiers necessary to keep the aircraft in the air. These men had to fight for the right to serve as pilots in the U.S.Military. A large number of soldiers in this unit came from Western Pennsylvania.
For more information, call the Society at 724 658-4022.