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The Test: The Tuskegee Project

Event Details

June 1, 2013 9:00 AM — August 31, 2013
Location: Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South St.
Waterloo, Iowa, 50701
Contact Name: Robin Venter
Email: robin.venter@gmdistrict.org
Phone: 319-234-6357
Website: www.gmdistrict.org

Event Description

“THE TEST” is a traveling exhibit created by Jerry Taliaferro Photography.  It relates the story of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Military during World War II. These men were part of an effort, by the War Department, to determine if African-Americans had the capabilities to be effective combat aviators. The first squadron of black pilots entered combat in North Africa in early 1943, beginning the critical test phase of the “Tuskegee Experiment.” The outcome of this trial would impact future opportunities for African-Americans in and outside the military. “THE TEST” tells an incredible story of men in war, fighting to be the best Americans they can be as they struggle against the prejudices of their countrymen.

The story begins with racial relations in America before World War II and African-American involvement in early aviation. Photographs, carefully researched depiction of events, models, maps and graphics are used to inform visitors about the men, the aircraft they flew and the machines they were up against, and the operations in which they participated. A section of the exhibition is dedicated to recognizing members from Iowa that served with the 99TH FS and the 332ND FG or were involved with the “Tuskegee Project”.