Tuskegee Airman to visit library

Published 10:13 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Morgan Memorial Library will have a former Tuskegee Airman speaking about his experiences as a member of the first black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps to celebrate Black History Month.

Sgt. Harry Quinton enlisted in the Army Reserves after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and from there he worked at multiple bases in the United States as an aviation mechanic.

“We are very excited. It’s always great to be able to talk and listen to a living legend and someone that actually experienced these things,” said manager of library locations Tiffany Duck. “We are excited for him to come to us and share his experiences, because it’s not every day that you get to talk to someone who was been involved in these events.”

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This is just one of the events that Suffolk Public Libraries has planned for Black History Month at all of their library locations.

“When we were planning events and opportunities for Black History Month, we wanted to make sure we provided a variety of things for people,” Duck said.

“Ideally, black history would be celebrated all year long, but in the ‘70s they set aside time to highlight and reflect and learn about some of the heroes that don’t get the recognition they deserve,” Duck said. “Since our events are free and open to the public and being a cultural place, we think these events are important.”

Quinton will be at the library to share his experiences and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Morgan Memorial Library.

The library will also be holding events all month to celebrate Black History Month at all of their locations.

Some of the events include Black History Family Jeopardy, Black and Super: African-American History in Comics, a paint night and an open mic night. Details, including time and location can be found on the library’s website suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events.