A stretch of Interstate 95 has been dedicated to a history-making group of aviators from World War II. South Carolina lawmakers are honoring the first black military aviators by naming a section of the Interstate the “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway.”
The signs, which were unveiled on Sunday, are the result of a House bill sponsored by Rep. Robert Brown and supported by the S.C. Legislature and S.C. Department of Transportation.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of young African-American men who enlisted during World War II to be combat pilots, despite the white mindset that black men were not ready or able to operate aircraft. In the 1940’s in Tuskegee, Alabama, an air school began to train black men for the US military as pilots and aircraft mechanics.
Some of the airmen were trained on an airfield near Walterboro and that town is now home to an active chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Hiram E. Mann Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
The memorial signs honoring the aviators have been placed at the Colleton-Hampton and Colleton-Dorchester county lines.