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Ron Spriggs, Tuskegee Airmen exhibit

Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville has put together a traveling exhibit of memorabilia of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American pilots in World War II who paved the way for desegregation of the U.S. armed forces. Spriggs began amassing his collection after being disappointed by a small display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. His exhibit has been displayed at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort and around the nation at public libraries, colleges and universities, and other venues.

For Spriggs, his Tuskegee Airmen project is a way to pay homage to a group of men who paved the way for his own success. He served in the Air Force and received training as a metrological technician, and that electronics background led to a 28-year career at IBM. Without the Tuskegee Airmen, he contends, he might never have had such opportunities.

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    Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville, founder of the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen, travels the country illuminating the story of the African-American pilots who paved the way for desegregation of the U.S. armed forces in World War II.

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    In a two-part episode, Renee interviews a trio of men who are either making history or working to preserve it. In the first part of the program, Renee interviews Reginald "Reggie" Thomas, only the third African American in Kentucky history to be elected to the Kentucky Senate. In the second part of the program, Renee interviews Ron Spriggs, historian, and Bobby Scroggins, a University of Kentucky art professor and sculptor, about the Tuskegee Airmen and new artwork created to honor them.