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Tuskeegee Airmen Memorial

TM - plane cropThe Tuskeegee Airmen Memorial, the largest outdoor memorial of its kind in America, was dedicated on September 15, 2013 to commemorate the legacy of almost 100 Tuskegee Airmen who hailed from Western Pennsylvania and overcame racial prejudice and discrimination while becoming an elite corps of pilots and support personnel who helped to defeat the Nazis. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces.

The memorial is located on land donated by the Sewickley Cemetery.  The plaza has four large monuments, including two that are engraved with the names of the Western Pennsylvania Airmen. Atop the memorial’s central tower sits an airplane tail sculpted from a block of red granite, a nod to the “Red Tails,” the unit’s nickname.

We welcome large groups to discover the history of Sewickley Cemetery, but ask that you call the Cemetery Office and schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance.  Please note: The Cemetery’s roads are narrow, and cannot accommodate large school buses.  Minibuses and minivans are preferred.

We also ask that you keep in mind that this is an active cemetery.  Please be respectful of the privacy and comfort of our families and friends who are visiting other sites on the grounds.

The Tuskegee Airmen of Pennsylvania have a new web site where you can learn more about the airmen from our local area. Check it out at www.tuskegeeairmanwpa.org.