Regular travelers along Interstate 95 through Colleton County will notice a roadside marker to honor the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
The section of I-95 through Colleton was renamed the Tuskegee Memorial Highway to celebrate the airmen’s legacy and their close connection to the state.
The Tuskegee Airmen were trained to be aircraft mechanics, armament specialists, radio repairmen and control tower operators, among other positions in support of the Army Air Corps. Airmen who became pilots were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala., but received combat training in other locations, including the Walterboro Army Airfield. In total, 994 Tuskegee pilots were commissioned.
If you’re going:
The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial is on Aviation Way two miles northeast of Walterboro in Airport Park off U.S. 17.