Statue of black pilot unveiled at air force base in Georgia

Published: Oct. 13, 2019 at 5:16 PM EDT
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By Associated Press

October 13, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- A black fighter pilot who fought for the French Foreign Legion during World War I is being honored with a statue at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the bronze statue of Eugene Bullard was unveiled on Wednesday.

Bullard was from Georgia, but went to Europe in the early 20th century after his father was nearly lynched. He joined France's air service after fighting the Germans during World War I.

The U.S. military was segregated at the time and would not accept him as a pilot because of his race. But Bullard in 1994 was posthumously commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

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