Bowman Field honors Black History Month with ‘Black Achievement in Aviation’ exhibit

Bowman Field is one of the longest continuously operating commercial airports in the United States, established in 1920.

In honor of Black History Month, a new exhibit will be displayed this February at Bowman Field highlighting members of the Black aviation community and their achievements.

Titled “The Sky’s the Limit: A Celebration of the History of Black Achievement in Aviation,” visitors will get a chance to see how aviators got their start in the field and how they overcame adversity and rose to greatness.

The exhibit will highlight 14 different individuals, including Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to receive a pilot’s license, Katherine Johnson, the Black female mathematician who helped send NASA astronauts on an Earth-orbiting mission, and Robert Lawrence, a US Air Force officer and the first Black astronaut.

“The Louisville Regional Airport Authority is excited to open this exhibit celebrating Black History Month. It showcases the extraordinary achievements of these Black men and women from the early days of aviation through the age of space travel, including efforts today to introduce our young people to the opportunities in aviation. We hope the stories of these pioneers and leaders inspire a new generation of aviation professionals,” Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority said.

“The Sky’s the Limit” exhibit will run the entire month of February in the historic Art-Deco terminal building at Bowman Field. It is free to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit Bowman Field’s website.

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