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Julia LeDoux
September 13, 2019 - 4:07 pm
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The nation’s first black military pilots trained in Tuskegee.  The city is also home to a world-renowned university and Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks called it her hometown. 

Now, there’s an organized effort to encourage tourists to make the Alabama community one of their go-to destinations.

“In Tuskegee and Macon County, you know we are blessed because we probably have more history per capita than any other little town in the world,” said former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford.

Ford’s comments came during a meeting earlier this month of the Historic Black Town and Settlement Alliance Inc. that announced next month’s inaugural African American, African Cultural Heritage Tourism Conference.

Tuskegee Mayor Tony Haygood said the conference will serve a dual purpose. It is a unifying event that will allow the area to take advantage of the history of not only the city, but Tuskegee University as well.

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“We have the history here,” he said. “We have Moton Field (where the Tuskegee Airmen trained) here. We have the university. We have the national historic sites, but we haven’t taken advantage of the economic benefits that it brings in as it does in the communities around us.”

Haygood said the community is now learning to take advantage of its history in order to reap the economic benefits increased tourism will bring.

“Not only for the city and the university but for the local vendors who benefit from being able to display what they have and to earn a few dollars because of this activity,” he said.

Tuskegee University President Lily McNair said the event will further solidify the relationship between the community and the university.

“Part of the way that we make a difference with our community is offering these kinds of activities,” she said. “So really bringing in cultural and tourism is greatly important, because that’s an area that’s growing economically and we want to provide this opportunity with the city of Tuskegee.”

The conference features a wide variety of speakers and events will be throughout Tuskegee and on the university campus from Oct. 4-8.  To learn more, visit https://hbtsa.org/

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