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Old 04-01-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: SC
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OK, I know there is a TA National Site in Alabama - with a museum, but why is it that the NATIONAL Tuskegee Airman museum is in Detroit?

Wouldn't the state of Alabama be interested in commemorating the Airmen in Alabama?

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Old 04-02-2018, 06:00 PM
 
Location: The South
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I guess the powers that be decided that Detroit was such a vibrant, prosperous city that Alabama just didn't have anything to offer.
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:10 PM
 
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I guess the powers that be decided that Detroit was such a vibrant, prosperous city that Alabama just didn't have anything to offer.
Perhaps it is because Detroit contributed immensely to the war effort when automobile factories were converted into airplane factories which meant the difference between winning or losing the war. Hence, Detroit is also known as the Arsenal of Democracy.

In addition, the 332nd Fighter Group consisted originally of the 100th Fighter Squadron, 301st Fighter Squadron and 302nd Fighter Squadron. They prepared for combat at Selfridge Air Base, in the Detroit area from March 1943 until December 1943.

Moreover, many of the Tuskegee airmen came from Detroit, and the region honors them and all of the other airmen.

In terms of Detroit being a vibrant and prosperous city (unsure if this was sarcasm) there is a lot to be said about what this city has given to American culture. Much more than what other cities can claim. Come visit downtown and the surrounding metropolitan area of 4.5 million people, and then make a determination if its cafes, restaurants, theaters, museums, casinos, international boundary, sports venues, concert halls, factories, and upscale suburbs constitute enough vibrancy for a Tuskegee museum.
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