Veterans Day: Honoring the US Colored Troops & the Tuskegee Airmen

9 Nov

Pictured clockwise from top left: Isaac Copper, USCT; book cover of You Can Fly; illustration of U.S. Colored Troops by Jeffery Weatherford. 

My great-great grandfather Isaac Copper was born into slavery at Wye House, Maryland’s largest slave-holding plantation–once home to Frederick Douglass. As a young man, he was sold by his master to Union Troops and enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops 7th Infantry Regiment. He fought in the Siege of Petersburg and marched on Appomattox Courthouse, where Lee surrendered. Isaac went on to co-found the village of  Unionville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

My father fought in the Pacific theater during World War II. He didn’t talk much about his military service or the war. But I thought of him when I wrote the verse novel YOU CAN FLY: THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, which my son Jeffery Weatherford illustrated.

On Veterans’ Day, I salute my own ancestors and all veteran who fought for freedom and democracy.

One Response to “Veterans Day: Honoring the US Colored Troops & the Tuskegee Airmen”

  1. Carol Federlin Baldwin 11/09/2019 at 1:39 pm #

    Thank you for this personal glimpse into your family and the generations of service. As I research the Korean War, I’ve been impressed with the lives of all the men who served there- blacks and whites.

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