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Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

Our new exhibit "Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History," tells visitors about significant contributions made by African Americans -- particularly by African American women -- to our country's history of aviation and space flight.

One half of the circular hall exhibit focuses on African American contributors to aviation in the first part of the 20th Century -- from Emory Conrad Malik to the Tuskegee Airmen. This side is mainly organized around pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman and the people and events she inspired. 

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