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Military library plans Tuskegee Airmen event

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Chicago's Pritzker Military Library will open a new room dedicated to recording veterans' stories with a program on the Tuskegee Airmen.

The military history library said in a news release Wednesday that it will open the new Coleman T. Holt Oral History Room on Thursday. Holt was a member of the famed group of black World War II combat pilots.

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The event will include a discussion by Tuskegee Airman O. Lawton Wilkerson and author and Air Force historian Daniel L. Haulman.

The first group of Tuskegee Airmen trained at what was then Chanute Field in Rantoul in central Illinois.

The 10-year-old library and museum in downtown Chicago has a large collection of books and artifacts as well as exhibits on military history.

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