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Tuskegee Airman honored on 100th birthday, receives key to city


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DETROIT (WDIV/CNN NEWSOURCE/WKRC) – Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson was one of the first Tuskegee Airmen escorting bombers in World War II.

On Monday, he received a special honor. Jefferson Field in Rouge Park was named after him in 2008. It was only appropriate that on his 100th birthday, the city re-dedicates the field to him.

“This is not only someone who’s a Detroit hero, but an American hero as well,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said.

Jefferson served as a P51 fighter pilot with the Red Tail 332nd Fighter Group. He and the Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.

“Everything that you stand for Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson -- just know this. There’s a generation just behind you that is continuing this movement right here at home,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib said.

Jefferson was also awarded a key to the city and plans for Jefferson Plaza were unveiled.


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Yay! Super happy to hear some really good news. Good for Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Jefferson for the honor. Congrats for the renaming of the field and reaching a milestone birthday.