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Browne Academy Students Learn About the Tuskegee Airmen During Black History Month

Browne Academy students had the opportunity to visit the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, as well as create additional pieces for the display. (Photo courtesy Browne Academy)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-During Black History Month, students at Browne Academy learned about the Tuskegee Airmen. A family of U.S. Military veterans – the Ervins and their patriarch, Lt. Col. David Terrell (Air Force, Ret.) – donated Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia to the school as part of a themed display.

Browne Academy 4th grade teachers Danté Johnson and Rana Johnson stand with a piece from the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit. (Photo courtesy Browne Academy)

Stationed in Alabama, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black aviators, serving in World War II.

The memorabilia included photographs, badges, and other items, which Terrell began collecting when he came to know some of the Airmen. For a time, the family was stationed near Tuskegee University in Alabama.  He is a lifetime member of Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (TAI), with whom he has had an affiliation since 1981. He frequently attends the organization’s conventions.

An original piece of art from 6th grader Olivia Ervin, granddaughter of Lt. Col. Terrell (Photo courtesy Browne Academy)

Browne Academy History teacher Alissa Kharkar, who organized the exhibit that also included student artwork, shared that her goal was to have students explain the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and understand their legacy.

“I loved that the Tuskegee Airmen display was able to be here on campus during Black History Month,” she said. “What an extraordinary group of people to kick off a month of learning about black history and modern-day contributions by African Americans.”

“Inspiration Village” – The 8th grade class’ contribution to the exhibit (Photo courtesy Browne Academy)

To accompany the artifacts, Terrell recorded a short video for students about the Airmen and his involvement with TAI.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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