Monday, February 17, 2014

Ball State University Libraries Black History Month Maps

Black History Month Maps:  The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was dedicated this weekend near Tuskegee, Alabama.  The site includes a restored Hangar 2 at Moton Field that will serve as a museum featuring artifacts and oral histories of the Tuskegee Airmen.  The Skyway Club, where the airmen relaxed, will include furnishings from the 1940’s. 

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military pilots, serving in World War II.  The map above (click to enlarge) shows locations of the over 1,000 missions flown by the airmen during the war.  The map is from the Atlas of African American History by James Client and is available from the Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library.  The Atlas of African American History and Politics: from the Slave Trade to Modern Times by Arwin Smallwood is also available for research and learning.

For more information about these cartographic resources, please contact the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection at 765-285-1097.

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