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Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Featured in the Capitol Rotunda
Press Release Date:  July 19, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Exhibit is just one of many tourist attractions to be found in Frankfort this summer

Frankfort, KY: Through the end of July, Capitol visitors can view scale airplanes, medals, books, video references, an historical fact sheet and other artifacts of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first black military aviators.

The touring exhibit was created by Ron Spriggs, an eight-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a Nicholasville resident. The Tuskegee Airmen, according to Spriggs, “had to fight two wars—the war in Europe and the war of discrimination.”

“As a fellow aviator, I have a deep appreciation for these flying heroes,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “I applaud Mr. Spriggs for his commitment to telling their story.”

The Tuskegee Experiment, as it was called, began in 1941 with the primary training for the first flying African-American cadets and ended in 1948 when the Air Force was desegregated. The Tuskegee Airmen performed a diverse role by attacking enemy installations and troop concentrations, engaging in air combat over northern Italy and providing effective escort for American bombers over central and eastern Europe.

The exhibit is just one example of the numerous tourist attractions located in the Capitol City.  Governor Fletcher is committed to providing visitors and tourists with every opportunity to see Frankfort’s many attractions.  The manicured grounds of the Capitol are a perfect place to start.  Tour guides show visitors the ins and outs of the Capitol building Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Families are also welcome to tour the beautiful Governor’s Mansion on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11 am. 

After exploring the Capitol grounds, visitors can venture to downtown Frankfort where they can visit the Kentucky History Center, now open six days a week. Located at 100 W. Broadway, the history center features “A Kentucky Journey and other changing exhibits.   Tourists are also encouraged to explore the shops and restaurants that line the streets of the city. 

Governor Fletcher added, “It is important that we work to stimulate Frankfort’s economy, and that is why I would also like to see a tour put together so that all the great historical sights including the Capitol can be viewed on weekends. Our Capital City should be a key attraction for tourists.”



Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005