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Carrollwood Cultural Center seeks local Tuskegee Airmen help for new exhibit

Carrollwood News staff

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TAMPA - The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center is preparing "The Test," a multimedia exhibition about the first African-American aviators in U.S. military combat, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit will be displayed at the center, 4537 Lowell Road, in February.

"The Test" was created by artist Jerry Taliaferro. As part of the exhibit, Taliaferro would like to create wall panels about members of the sqiuad who live or are from the Tampa Bay area.

Taliaferro also is looking for information about St. Petersburg's Al Downing, the former music educator and namesake of the Al Downing Jazz Association. Downing served with the Tuskegee Airmen before leading the 613th Army Air Force Band in Tuskegee.

Taliaferro is hoping for scanned photos, copies or recordings of stories, letters or any other artifacts belonging to area Tuskegee Airmen to help complete his exhibit.

If you can help, please contact Taliaferro at (980) 236-7171, or email him at newtribe8@cs.com by Sept. 30. You can also contact the center's artistic director, Richard Haerther, at (813) 269-1310, or by email at richardh@carrollwoodcenter.org.

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