Tuskegee Airmen remembered
During Black History Month, many local families celebrated and remembered the Tuskegee Airmen and those in the area who were members of the group. Included in that elite squadron were three Tuskegee Airmen from the Steubenville and Weirton area who were non-pilots. Charles E. Freeman served in Italy with the 100th Fighter Squad; Edward C. Simmons served with the 332nd Group in Italy; and James Wares served in Tuskegee, Ala., as a physical training instructor. In September, the “Tuskegee Airmen — The Red Tails” mural was dedicated to the group and depicts Steubenville’s own Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards, who served in the famous African American combat group during World War II.