Tuskegee Airmen lecture subject

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Weirton native and veteran Ambrose Bolling will be one of two lecturers giving presentations on the Tuskegee Airmen at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today at Historic Fort Steuben located at Third and Market streets.

The event is part of the fort’s Black History Month observations.

Deborah Keith of Maryland also will speak about her uncles, Jerome Edwards and John “Ellis” Edwards, Steubenville natives who attended West Virginia State College before entering the aeronautics program at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama during World War II.

“I would like for students of Steubenville to be informed of strides that can be made and the difference they can make individually,” said Keith. “They will receive a little something to take back with them. And I would really like to see high school students get interested in flying: It’s such a great adventure.”

A short video on their lives and achievements will be shown.

John Edwards was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight in support of operations” in 1945.

Jerome Edwards was killed in action when the engine of his P-40 Warhawk failed during take-off.

For information, call (304) 283-1787.