• News Release: 2/2/2024

    The New England Air Museum is excited to announce that the official ceremony and plaque placement for its designation as an official site on the Connecticut Freedom Trail will take place on February 21, 2024. This significant recognition honors the museum's commitment to preserving and sharing the diverse narratives that have shaped Connecticut's history of freedom, civil rights, and social justice.
    The ceremony will commence at 5:30 PM and will be held at the New England Air Museum's prominent "Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories" exhibit, located at 36 Perimeter Road, off Route 75, on the North end of Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
    Representatives from the Connecticut Freedom Trail and distinguished guests, including Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, will be present at the ceremony to celebrate this historic occasion.
    The Connecticut Freedom Trail's Outreach Director, Tammy Denease, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, "Welcoming the New England Air Museum to the Connecticut Freedom Trail as our latest addition is a great honor. NEAM's ongoing efforts to educate the public are in harmony with the mission of the Connecticut Freedom Trail."
    The New England Air Museum's exhibit, "The Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories," shines a light on the remarkable achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who served during World War II. Their story not only educates visitors about these aviators' courage and accomplishments but also explores the challenges they faced in the face of segregation and discrimination.
    President Stephanie Abrams of the New England Air Museum expressed her gratitude, stating, "We are honored to be designated as an official site on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. This designation reflects our commitment to preserving and sharing stories of resilience and courage. We believe in the power of education to inspire and unite communities, and this designation reinforces our role as a custodian of history."
    The New England Air Museum, the largest aviation museum in New England, features three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and a collection of over 100 aircraft ranging from early airships and flying machines to supersonic jets and helicopters.
    For more information about the New England Air Museum and the ceremony, please visit www.neam.org, call (860) 623-3305, or find the museum on Facebook.
    The Connecticut Freedom Trail commemorates the fight for emancipation from slavery and honors the courageous African American individuals who paved the way for future generations. The Connecticut Freedom Trail includes a diverse range of locations, including Underground Railroad safe houses, sites associated with the Amistad case of 1839, and the Civil Rights Movement's sites, gravesites, monuments, homes, and other structures. Each site is carefully documented and designated to ensure future generations remember the remarkable stories of those who fought for freedom and human dignity. The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Amistad Committee, Inc. of New Haven, are responsible for maintaining and administering the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Find more information at https://ctfreedomtrail.org.

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