The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, including the Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership, will be closed on the following dates: June 2, 2013 and June 5, 2013.
2012 Lincoln Legacy Project Events
The second year of The Lincoln Legacy Project focused on the Tuskegee Airmen.
by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan; directed by Ricardo Khan
September 21-October 21, 2012
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the Civil Rights Movement.
Special Exhibition: The Test
August 29-October 21, 2012
Featuring photographs, models and maps, this exhibit follows the ground-breaking training and service of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Dreaming of Skies to Conquer: A Conversation with Original Tuskegee Airmen
October 1, 2012, at 7 p.m.
This free panel discussion featured Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Roscoe C. Brown and William T. Fauntroy, Jr., who discussed their history and how the Tuskegee Airmen influenced the American military, the Civil Rights Movement and related contemporary social issues.
Counting the Brave and the True: Military Veterans Discuss the Path to Diversity in the Armed Forces
October 8, 2012, at 7 p.m.
This discussion featured: Rick Atkinson (moderator), a historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist; Reuben McNair, Sr., a Montford Point Marine; Former Cabinet Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who served as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton and Secretary of Transportation under G. W. Bush; he was interned in a Japanese internment camp for several years during World War II; and Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris, USAF, Retired.
Staying the Course: A Discussion of How to Ensure and Manage a Culturally Astute Military in the 21st Century
October 15, 2012, at 7 p.m.
This free panel discussion featured Colonel Karl James Hackbarth; former USAF SSgt David Hall; Bob Patrick, director of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project; and Brigadier General Tammy Smith.
Photo of Mark Hairston and Christopher Wilson by Scott Suchman.