July 21, 2017
In the July 14 issue of The Heritage, the article about Sgt. Richard R. Hall, Jr., (Holocaust Center welcomes Tuskegee airman on July 23, page 2A) stated that he received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. The medal was awarded to the Tuskegee Airmen collectively, not individually. According to Ron Brewington, a Tuskegee Airmen historian, “...all of the estimated 16-19,000 participants [both living and deceased] of the “Tuskegee Experience,” including Hall, Jr., who are known as Tuskegee Airmen, were collectively, not individually, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by former President George W. Bush and the Congress in a one-time only ceremony held on March 29, 2007, inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda with 300 Tuskegee Airmen and widows present, representing all of the Tuskegee Airmen.
“Immediately following the ceremony, the one and only Tuskegee Airmen CGM was taken to the Smithsonian Institution (National Air & Space Museum), and was later transferred to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in March, 2016, where it currently sits.”