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Proposed Tuskegee Airmen Museum
$500,000 funding earmarked for Airmen Museum
Special to The Tuskegee News
Thursday, November 6, 2003
The Tuskegee Airmen National Memorial should receive an additional $500,000 this year to help fund the design and planning phase for the $29 million Macon County project, according to Congressman Mike Rogers and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.
The $500,000 earmark appears as a line item in the Interior Department Appropriations Conference Report which passed the House of Representatives last Thursday night by a bi-partisan vote of 216 to 205.
The bill then moved to the Senate for further consideration, and is now on the way to the White House for final approval, according to Shelby. President George W. Bush is expeceted to sign the Interior Appropriations bill, Shelby noted in a press release from his office.
"I am pleased Congress continues to show strong support for the Tuskegee Airmen National Memorial," Rogers said.
"This project is vital to the ecomonic development of Macon County and is a fitting tribute to the lives of some of our country's greatest Africians Americans soldiers."
Rogers' earmark would help the National Park Service continue the design and planning phase for the Tuskegee museum which is planned to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Macon County each year.
Earlier this year, Rogers helped free up an initial $1 million for the project, money earmarked by then Congressman Bob Riley in the 107th Congress but not dispersed because of bureaucratic delays.
"We are all aware of the heroic actions of the Tuskegee Airmen and I'm proud to announce this much-needed funding," Shelby commented.
From 1942 to 1946, 992 graduated in aviation cadet classes at Tuskegee and volunteered to become the country's first African-American military airmen.
The current mission of the Tuskegee Airmen is to inspire young people to study, sacrifice, and attain self-sustaining status with marketable skills in the fields of aviation and aerospace.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN MEMORIAL - Walterboro Airport, Walterboro, South Carolina