Maycie Herrington spent her adult life collecting, organizing and preserving the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Red Tails - Big Black Hollywood Movie
George Lucas, Executive Producer & Writer
Opens Second at Box Office
They story of the Tuskegee Airmen is such a significant ear in American history that filmmaker, George Lucas, pursued the production of the action film for 23-three years.
On his private mission to produce the film, Red Tails, Lucas had to put $58 million of his own money into the making Red Tails because the movie industry is still reluctant to finance a black Hollywood films about African American participation in the history of the nation.
On a nearly 70-year mission, Maycie Herrington has devoted more than two-thirds of her life to documenting and preserving Tuskegee Airmen history, which is now collected into a permanent archive established in the Special Collections & Archives of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Libraries, officially classified as: The Maycie Herrington Papers, Collection 251: The Tuskegee Airmen Archive, University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives.
Herrington's papers, part of the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, contain photographs, prints, posters and unpublished documents associated with the Tuskegee Airmen’s World War II (WWII) military history and also general African American history of the period. The Tuskegee archive contains printed and photographic documents and materials about personnel that served at the Tuskegee Army Air Field, their predecessors, and their non-profit organization, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. The BREAKING THROUGH Lighting the Way exhibition will produce a Herrington monograph, which will contain a guide to her UCR archive and many heretofore unpublished photographs from her personal archive.
The Tuskegee Airmen Archive at the University of California, Riverside has an enlarged photo of Lena Horne with several airmen, including Celes King III, who may have met her when she stayed in the Los Angeles Dunbar Hotel managed by his uncle.
|Lena Horne & Tuskegee Airmen|
Herrington's biography is included in BREAKING THROUGH Lighting the Way, a book of twelve historical profiles--filmed, compiled, edited and written--about twelve African American women who made a noteworthy difference in the history of Long Beach, California. The project is being prepared as a major exhibition of portraits, historic photographic restorations, ancestral documents and personal papers that will travel around the nation in the next three years.
The efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen, Maycie Herrington and many others like them led to full participation of African Americans in American life. Maycie Herrington and many others are documenting history that is a fading memory of people and events distantly identified with a foggy and nearly forgotten past, subjects, like so many others, in which interest only increases with the passage of time, the passing on of the participants and the curiosity of a new generation.
Maycie Herrington was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.
Maycie Herrington was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 for her civilian role in supporting the Tuskegee Airmen and her work at the Tuskegee Army Air Force Base in Tuskegee, Alabama, during World War II (WWII). Along with about 300 surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Maycie was honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. by then president, George W. Bush and former president Bill Clinton. In that number, there were 40 Red Tail combat pilots.