Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit stops in Meridian

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM CDT
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Soaring above the clouds.

“Aim high. Believe in yourself. Use your brain,” said Terry Hollis, Tour manager for the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) Red Tail Squadron.

Taking a walk back in time.

“Never quit, be ready to go, and expect to win,” said Hollis.

The Commemorative Air Force brought their Red Tail Squadron Exhibit to Meridian which pays tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

“Even though these guys were not treated well at all, it’s the fact that they succeeded and overcame all obstacles thrown in their direction to become some of the best we have had,” explained Hollis.

The Wechsler Foundation helped bring the traveling exhibit to Meridian in hopes of shedding light on the historic Wechsler School.

“What we are doing is trying to bring attention to the plight of the Wechsler Building, which is an old school built back in 1894. And we are trying to save that structure from demolition,” said Edward Lynch, President of the Wechsler Foundation.

By teaching those both young and old about the past, can help keep the stories going for the future generations.

“It will really make you think. Makes you feel confident about yourself and really just makes you want to learn more about them,” said Kyia Jasper, 5th grader at West Hills Elementary.

A real 1942 Red Tail Mustang C Model will also make a stop at the exhibit, showing what it was like to fly like the Tuskegee Airmen.

“It was one of the original trainer planes back in the day, and of course, the CAF acquired it, restored the airplane, and it is flying again to tell the story,” said Hollis.

By telling a story about the past it can show how anyone can be successful for the future.

“They are the only ones who can prevent themselves from doing anything in life that they want. And I want them to understand that not even the sky is the limit for them and I want them to take the opportunity to dream big,” explained Lynch.

For more information about the CAF Red Tail Squadron Exhibit you may contact the Wechsler Foundation at 601-513-8621.

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