The contributions of African-American patriots to America’s safety were ignored or downplayed for generations. It has been only during the past several decades that efforts have been made to rectify the injustice. On Friday, an old airfield in Tuskegee, Ala., was designated as a National Historic Site.
You may well have guessed already why the place is significant: It is where the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained before going overseas to fight in World War II. Many Americans are familiar with the Airmen. They were a group of African-Americans permitted to fly fighter planes, at a time when too many bigots insisted that the new pilots could not possibly perform well in combat.