American Heritage Museum recognizes Black History Month

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American Heritage Museum recognizes Black History Month
The historic PT-17 Stearman aircraft sits on display at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson. The aircraft was used to train the Tuskegee Airmen. (Submitted photo)

HUDSON – The American Heritage Museum in Hudson is marking Black History Month this month with a number of efforts and displays.

The museum is showcasing the last fully restored and flying PT-17 Stearman aircraft that was used to train the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

In addition to the Tuskegee Airmen, the museum is highlighting four important groups and individuals.

These include Josephine Baker, the Black Panthers tank battalion and Dorie Miller.

Baker was a American born French entertainer, a French Resistance agent and a civil rights activist.

The 761st tank battalion, known as the Black Panthers, was made up primarily of African American soldiers, who by War Department policy, were not permitted to serve alongside white troops.

Dorie Miller was the first Black American to be awarded the Navy Cross.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the country’s first group of primarily African American military pilots and airmen.

Those interested can learn more at the American Heritage Museum each week from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum will be open for the entirety of this year’s February break in the week of Feb. 21.

Learn more by visiting www.AmericanHeritageMuseum.org or by calling (978) 562-9182.

The museum is located at 568 Main Street in Hudson.

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