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Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

The new bridge on Airport Road near the Gary/Chicago International Airport will be named the Quentin P. Smith Tuskegee Airman Memorial Bridge. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority paid the $11.6 million tab for building the bridge, which is part of the $166 million airport ru…

May 10, 2013 5:18 pm
Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Gary/Chicago International Airport board President Nate Williams, from left, Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, Quentin P. Smith Jr. and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson unveil one of the signs for the new bridge on Airport Road. The bridge was dedicated in honor of the late Tuskegee A…

May 10, 2013 5:18 pm
Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Airport Road bridge dedicated in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Gary/Chicago International Airport board Vice President Marion Johnson presides over a ceremony Friday dedicating the new bridge on Airport Road in honor of the late Tuskegee Airman Quentin P. Smith. The new overpass will be called the Quentin P. Smith Tuskegee Airman Memorial Bridge.

May 10, 2013 5:18 pm
022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

Mitchell Seymour speaks Monday night during a Lansing Historical Society meeting at T.F. South High School. Mitchell, a senior at T.F. South has spent the past four years writing a historical fiction novel about a Marine M1 rifle in World War II. "It took a while of planning," Mitchell said …

February 25, 2013 8:33 pm
022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

Ken Rapier speaks Monday night at T.F. South during a Lansing Historical Society meeting. Rapier, president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Chicago "DODO" Chapter presented a documentary film of the Tuskegee Airmen by two Governor's State University students Jeff Fisher and Cory Hooper. "I'm here t…

February 25, 2013 8:33 pm
022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

022613-nws-ILbook, Tuskegee Airmen/student honored

T.F. South students watch a documentary film about the Tuskegee Airmen Monday night during a Lansing Historical Society meeting and presentation by Ken Rapier, president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Chicago "DODO" Chapter at T.F. South High School. The students are, from left: Angelina Rostro, E…

February 25, 2013 8:33 pm
Tuskegee Airman uses aging years to motivate youngsters

Tuskegee Airman uses aging years to motivate youngsters

Tuskegee Airman Virgil M. Poole talks to members of the Aviation Club Tuesday at Rickover Jr. High School in Sauk Village.

February 19, 2013 4:52 pm
Tuskegee Airman uses aging years to motivate youngsters

Tuskegee Airman uses aging years to motivate youngsters

Tuskegee Airman Virgil M. Poole, speaking to the Aviation Club at Rickover Junior High School in Sauk Village, said he regards his current job of showing young people they can achieve great things in life is even more important than the role he played as a combat pilot in World War II.

February 19, 2013 4:52 pm
Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith is honored Friday at Gary City Hall as he was presented with a replacement Congressional Gold Medal, which was stolen in August.

April 20, 2012 6:55 pm
Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Quentin Smith talks Friday about the honor of being a Tuskegee Airman.

April 20, 2012 6:55 pm
Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Stolen medal replaced for Gary Tuskegee Airman

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith's Congressional Gold Medal was replaced Friday in a ceremony at Gary City Hall.

April 20, 2012 6:55 pm
Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith dies at 94

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith dies at 94

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith is presented with a replacement Congressional Gold Medal by Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson last year. Smith died Tuesday at the age of 94.

April 20, 2012 6:55 pm
Thornton Twp. welcomes Tuskegee Airmen

Thornton Twp. welcomes Tuskegee Airmen

Education and development specialist Zaundra Boyd, left, greets and shakes the hand of World War II Tuskegee Airman Julius Jackson on Friday while his fellow Tuskegee Airman Virgil M. Poole Sr. sits nearby at the Thornton Township Black History Month celebration featuring the original Tuskeg…

February 25, 2012 12:00 am
Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Bev Dunjill, president emeritus of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Chicago Chapter, shakes hands with Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider while she and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn hold a sign that will mark the Cook County portion of Interstate 57 at Tuskegee Airmen Memorial T…

February 20, 2012 4:05 pm
Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen were honored Monday in Markham during the dedication ceremony for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail, the Cook County portion of Interstate 57.

February 20, 2012 4:05 pm
Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Portion of I-57 renamed to honor Tuskegee Airmen

From left, Illinois state Rep. Marlow Colvin, D-Chicago; Bev Dunjill, president emeritus of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.'s Chicago Chapter; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider unveil a sign Monday at Markham City Hall that will mark a portion of …

February 20, 2012 4:05 pm
Group pays tribute to memory of Tuskegee Airmen at Cal City school

Group pays tribute to memory of Tuskegee Airmen at Cal City school

Ken Rapier, right, president of the Chicago Dodo Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and Victor Croswell talk Friday to students at Schrum Memorial Middle School in Calumet City about the film "Red Tails" after students watched the movie and studied the Tuskegee Airmen for Black History Month.

February 17, 2012 12:00 am
Groupu pays tribute to memory of Tuskegee Airmen at Cal City school

Groupu pays tribute to memory of Tuskegee Airmen at Cal City school

Ken Rapier and Victor Croswell, who represent a group dedicated to the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, get a standing ovation Friday by students at Schrum Memorial Middle School in Calumet City, including Jazzlyn Watson, foreground, before they spoke to the students about the movie "Red Tails…

February 17, 2012 12:00 am
Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith's Mantle Sculpture

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith's Mantle Sculpture

A statue of a Tuskegee airman adorns the fireplace mantle in the Gary living froom of Quentin Smith. The 93-year-old served in the all black air division.

January 16, 2012 12:00 am
Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith at the "Red Tails" advanced screening in Chicago

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith at the "Red Tails" advanced screening in Chicago

Gary's Quentin Smith, 93, right, was one of the local Tuskegee Airmen who inspired George Lucas' new film "Red Tails." He and other airmen, including Shelby Westbrook, left, attended a special advance screening Sunday in Chicago.

January 16, 2012 12:00 am
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