A visual narrative that records and pays tribute to the African American squadron of fighter pilots, grounds crew, and the families that served in the second world war. This is a story of a people who fought two very different wars. One war was in Europe and the other one at home in the United States the very land that they were fighting for. Research and reference for this project has been obtained by varied literature, by the generosity of historians, by interviews with surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, Pentagon personnel, and by way of the Air Force Art Program.

The Tuskegee Airmen challenged racial segregation and paved the way for the integration of the armed forces. At the beginning of World War II, the United States armed forces were still segregated and the U.S. Army Air Corps refused to train African Americans as pilots. In response to a lawsuit, the Army Air Corps agreed to an experiment training pilots and crews at Tuskegee University, Alabama. Hopkins began work on his Tuskegee Airmen series as part of his work for the Northwest chapter of the Air Force Art program. Over the years, the series has moved beyond the Air Force Art program to become a personal mission and passion for Hopkins. The Tuskegee Airmen project is a tribute that consists of more than 60 works that accurately portray the foreign and domestic exploits of the first African American fighter pilots, their support crews, their families, their predecessors as well as their legacy. This body of work has been created with tremendous attention to detail and accuracy.

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