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Tuskegee Airmen celebrate Black History Month in Rockford


To celebrate Black History Month, Rockford's Veterans Memorial Hall welcomes two famous World War II pilots.

Beverly Dunjill and Virgil Poole  were part of the very first group of African American pilots to fight for out country in WWII.

These men have now made it their goal to preserve and share the history they helped to create. They do so by making appearances and giving speeches at events like the one taking place on Saturday, February 9th at Veterans Memorial Hall. The event will run from 1:00 to 4:30 in the afternoon, tickets cost $5, and admission for children under 6 years is free.

Dunjill and Pool will tell stories of their experiences while fighting for our country, and explain how they got their start in the Army.

While Virgil Poole never flew an aircraft due to his eyesight, he did still play an equally important role mapping the flights.

He says, in his experience, he encountered the most oppression and segregation not in his personal life, but in while in the Army. He recalls how he and other Tuskegee Airmen helped to change that.

"When we get satisfied with our situation, with our responsibilities, we're gonna demand to either be given combat privileges, or we're going home."

Retired from service, these men have also made it their mission to encourage minority youth to pursue college educations.



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