DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Members of the Tuskegee Airmen helped open a new exhibit dedicated to them at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field on Sunday.
Calvin Spann and four other surviving members of the Army Air Corps all black aviator group took part in ribbon cutting for the exhibit.
“It brings back some memories, old memoires that I’d like to remember and I made sure I didn’t put anything up there that I’d like to forget,” Spann said.
The exhibit features uniforms, maps and medals from the Tuskegee Airmen. But the stories of the perseverance during a time of racism can only be told by the survivors themselves.
After proving themselves in battle, the 900 black veterans spent year without recognition. Homer Hogues said he faced difficulty when applying for a job at Braniff International Airways.
“When I got back home I went to Braniff, but they wouldn’t give me a job. They told me the only thing I could do was scrub the floors,” said Spann.
60 years after he was asked to scrub floors Hogues signed autographs, it is how heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen are now honored.