While driving through Tuskegee today my girlfriend and I stopped by the National Historic Site for the Tuskegee Airmen. The site is located about five minutes from the interstate at Exit 38 on I-85. At first glance it doesn't appear to be much from the scenic overlook. There are some plaques and signs and something of a garden. From the overlook you get a view of Moton Field and the two hangars that make up the Historic site. You have to tour the facility to experience this historic site. Besides the hangars there are some outbuildings which served different functions for the base. There is a good amount of information and you are free to walk in the buildings which we didn't realize upon first walking through. Once we went inside the exhibits are vastly different and it is akin to stepping back in time, complete with candy bars, newspapers, cigarette packs and commentary. The two hangars are complete museums and there is a lot to see and read inside. They have some of the planes the Airmen used as well as uniforms, medals, history and detailed explanations of what was happening and why and how it affected the war efforts. It is moving! I thought we would spend about thirty minutes walking through the whole place and we spent almost three hours in the end. There is no fee but donations are accepted. This is one of those hidden places that you have seen or lived near all your life or read about in history class but never went and then you finally did and are surprised at how much is there and why you never went before. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and even drove through the historic Tuskegee University campus while in town. The George Washington Carver Museum and the Historic Home Of Booker T. Washington are also on campus and close by the the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
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