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Tuskegee exhibit extended to Aug. 18

Published March 26, 2007


The Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, which opened in January at the Carter G. Woodson Museum of African-American history, will extend its run by more than three months.

Originally scheduled to end May 1, the story of the fabled World War II aviators is being held over until Aug. 18, said Jennifer Howard-Black, the exhibit's coordinator.

The story of the airmen, among the first to pioneer African-American service in combat arms, has proved an attractive draw and given a boost to the museum, which has struggled.

"It works very well getting the word out and bringing people in," Howard-Black said.

School groups have visited. So have civic clubs, some of which have held meetings at the museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

A Florida Humanities Council grant has paved the way for the exhibit's curators, Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly, to talk about the show April 21.

The two introduced the exhibit in St. Petersburg in 1997. It has since traveled around Florida and other parts of the nation.

Its artifacts, photos, vintage equipment, newspaper clippings and model combat planes take up most of the museum's main display room.

Homan said she is happy the exhibit appears to be contributing to the long-term health of the museum.

"People really need to regard the museum as a community resource," she said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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