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Library Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to salute courage, triumphs, and sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen with a very special art exhibit and reception with one of the original airmen. The events are FREE and open to the public.

During World War II the African-American fighter pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group overcame racial discrimination and distinguished themselves as expert pilots.

The exhibit, Purple Hearts: A Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen, features the oil paintings of William Curtis.  The exhibit runs May 2-31 at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., Monday Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Original Tuskegee Airman and St. Louis resident Captain Christopher Newman meets guests during a special reception for the Purple Hearts exhibit at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on May 3, from 6-7 p.m. Newmans military honors include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He is a veteran of 84 WWII missions and over 90 in the Korean War.

For more information, call 314-367-4120.

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4/16/2012