Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuskegee National Historic Sites

We arrived in Tuskegee just as the sun was starting to peak through the clouds. Because it was the first sign we saw, we decided to visit the Tuskegee Airmen site first.
Airplane hangar
We arrived to find no picnic area and so we spread out some beach towels on the grassy median of the parking area and had our lunch there. We then went inside Hangar #1 to check out the exhibits. The stories of the obstacles these men had overcome was pretty inspiring. I can't imagine having to deal with the racism these men faced. Among the highlights of the exhibit were two restored vintage airplanes.
airplane
airplane 2
There was also a flight simulator module that Sierra seemed to enjoy.
Sierra in plane
When then went over to Hangar #2
hangar
and checked out the exhibits there, before moving on to the campus of Tuskegee university to visit the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site.

At the Tuskegee Institute NHs we walked through a portion of the very nice campus
Baldwin monument
to the George Washington Carver Museum.
Carver museum
Like most Americans, I knew about Carver's work with peanuts. However, I did not know about some of his other agricultural experiments and certainly did not know that he was an accomplished artist! After touring the museum we hit the road again. This time we would be headed out of Alabama and into Florida. When we told Sierra that we were no longer in Alabama, but had moved on into Florida, her response was "Daddy changed it!"       

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