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Robbins to celebrate 100th anniversary, rich history over Labor Day weekend

Image courtesy of the Robbins Historical Society and Museum.

In honor of the hometown of the nation’s first airport operated by African-Americans, uniformed Tuskegee Airmen plan to ride through Robbins’ annual Labor Day weekend parade, officials said.

“It’s a major participation on their part, but Robbins was really (to an extent) the birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen after the airport’s construction in 1931,” said Tyrone Haymore, a festival organizer and founder of the Robbins History Museum. “It was the first airport built by black people, and it trained some of the first men who later became Tuskegee airmen…” Please click here to read Gerald Porter Jr.’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown or here for for more information on the event in a flyer.

The festival takes place Sept. 1-4, at 13800 Trumbull Ave. A parade is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, and a historical presentation takes place on Monday. Contact the Robbins Historical Society and Museum for more information.

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