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22 Nov 2021

2021 Alabama's Tuskegee Airmen Quarter

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Launched on February 1, 2021 this great America The Beautiful Series US quarter evokes an impressive historical background. Today, five buildings remain in Tuskegee, Alabama as witnesses of valiant men and women who from their hearts and souls fought for freedom and democracy in the Second World War. "They fought two wars.". (AC Coin$)


The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter was the fifty-sixth and final release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The site represents the state of Alabama and was federally designated on November 6 ,1988. The reverse design features a World War II era Tuskegee Airman with the Moton Field control tower in the background.
Who were the Tuskegee Airmen?

In the 1940's, the United States Military, like so much of the nation, was segregated. The so-called Jim Crow Laws kept blacks from entering public places such as libraries, restaurants and movie theaters. Although African Americans served in the armed forces, they were restricted in the types of jobs and positions they could hold.

On April 3, 1939, President Roosevelt approved Public Law 18, that provided for an expansion of the Army Air Corps. One section of the law offered hope for those African Americans who wanted to advance their military careers beyond the kitchen or the motor pool. It called for the creation of training programs to be located at black colleges which would prepare blacks for service in a variety of areas in the Air Corps support services.

On January 16th, 1941, the War Department announced the creation of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. This was to be an all black flying unit trained at the Tuskegee Institute founded in Tuskegee, Alabama, by Booker T. Washington in 1881. Charles A. Anderson, a self-taught African American pilot had established a civilian pilot training program at the Institute in 1939.


Achievements:

1. Some Tuskegee Airmen once shot down three German jets in just a day.
2. Thurgood Marshall future US Supreme Court Justice once defended several Tuskegee Airmen.
3. Eleanor Roosevelt intervened in favor of the Tuskegee Airmen program and promoted assistance from many sources.
4. Former airman once almost shot down Muanmar Qadafi's fighter over Tripoli in 1990.
5. Three of this magnificent gentlemen went on with their military careers and became Generals one of them a four-star general.


Information taken from:
History.comUsmint.gov
FDR Library

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Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Great history lesson for those that were unaware.

CheerioCoins

Level 4

Great information and history! Also nice pictures!

Kepi

Level 6

Great history! Thanks for the photos! ; )

Mike

Level 7

The coin is great for great men. Eleanor Roosevelt as the Presidents wife. She was very interested it this program . She went to the airfield and she does for an hour with one of the pilots. Many people were against this. But they came threw with flying colors!!

My brother found one of these. Nice design.

Golfer

Level 5

Great history, and coins to honor these heroes. Great story and history lesson to learn about.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Love the design of these coins. Thanks for sharing.

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