Tuskegee Airmen plaza dedication set in Seymour

Staff Reports

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Freeman Field Mutiny, state leaders will dedicate the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Plaza in Seymour on Sunday.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at Freeman Municipal Airport, 1025 A Ave., Seymour, the former site of the Freeman Army Airfield and the site of the Freeman Field Mutiny.

The mutiny, which was led by black members of the U.S. military, contributed to the eventual desegregation of the military.

U. S. Rep. Todd Young, a Republican who represents Indiana’s 9th District, and representatives from the offices of Republican Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, will attend the ceremony.

The 113th army band from Fort Knox, Kentucky, will perform, and the Indiana National Guard Special Ceremonial Unit will provide artillery fire.

Leslie Edwards, one of the original Tuskegee Freeman Army Airfield airmen, and retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, who is now the national president of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., will speak at the ceremony.

The Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, the special ceremonies team from the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars in Seymour, also will attend the dedication.

Sunday’s ceremony will be preceded with the showing of “Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Seymour High School auditorium, 1350 W. Second St., Seymour.

For more information, contact the Jackson County Visitors Center at 812-524-1914, or visit jacksoncounty in.com.