Tuskegee Airmen exhibit opens in St. Paul

By NICK WOLTMAN | Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. | Published: July 14, 2014

A traveling exhibit on the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military's first squadron of African-American fighter pilots, rolled into St. Paul on Sunday.

The centerpiece of the exhibit, which is titled Rise Above, is a motivational film featuring the squadron. It plays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in a 30-seat theater housed in a 53-foot-long trailer.

"We want to educate and inspire kids, using the Tuskegee Airmen as role models," said Tim Barzen, a Minneapolis-based volunteer with Red Tail Squadron, the non-profit organization that created the exhibit.

Since it debuted in July 2011, more than 50,000 children around the country have viewed the film.

The exhibit will run from July 14 through July 16 on the State Capitol grounds. Admission is free, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Appearing with the exhibit on the afternoons of July 15 and 16 will be Harold Brown, a Tuskegee Airman who spent time as a prisoner of war after being shot down over Austria during World War II.

Brown, who grew up in North Minneapolis, will also raise the flag at the Home Run Derby in Minneapolis on Monday.


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