Interstate 65 name to honor black World War II pilots

Interstate 65 through Bartholomew County will be renamed in honor of the World War II Tuskegee airmen at a ceremony tomorrow morning at the Columbus Municipal Airport.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the airport hanger next to the terminal building at Ray Boll Boulevard and Arnold Street. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviation unit in U.S. history and have an infamous tie to Seymour with the “Freeman Field Mutiny” where over 100 officers were arrested for refusing to sign an order preventing them from going to the white only officer’s club.

The state is renaming the interstate from Johnson County to Seymour in honor of the pilots.

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