(Chicago, IL) – February 20, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn, a relentless supporter of Illinois veterans, today dedicated the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail in Chicago.
The trail, which will be the stretch of Interstate 57 between Exit 339 at Sauk Trail Road and Exit 358 at Wentworth Avenue, was an initiative of State Rep. Marlowe Colvin (D-Chicago).
“As Illinois observes Black History Month, I am proud to honor these men as an important part of Black history and American history,” Quinn said.
Formally known as the 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of black pilots to ever fly for the U.S. military. The unit flew more than 15,000 combat sorties during World War II. By the war’s end, the pilots had earned more than 900 citations, including 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.
In addition to Colvin, State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and Markham Mayor David Webb joined Governor Quinn at the dedication.