A Congressional Gold Medal replica will be awarded posthumously on June 18 by United States Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D 9th, to Fred Hutcherson, Jr. in honor of his collective contribution to the Tuskegee Airman legacy. Receiving the Tuskegee Airmen medal is his son, Fred Hutcherson III. All are welcome to attend this event at the Shorefront Legacy Center at 2010 Dewey Avenue.
Hutcherson, Jr., an Evanston native, was a self-taught aviator who eventually trained black military cadets at Tuskegee to fly. Hutcherson, Jr’s accomplishments include co-founding the first ever black-owned International Airline (based in Haiti), was a Captain with S.A.M. Airlines, a pilot for British West Indies Airlines, operated a Charter service, and his involvement with the Bud Biliken Parade. Ferrying bomber planes to England in WWII, he was one of the first Black aviators to cross the Atlantic.
Shorefront’s research of Mr. Hutcherson aided the efforts of Atlanta-based noted Historian, Zellie Orr, to validate his role as a Tuskegee Airman and pay homage so that future generations will remember his contributions. For more information, visit www.shorefrontlegacy.org.
Shorefront is a 14-year-old, Evanston based historical nonprofit organization that collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. The Shorefront Legacy Center holds and makes public, historic artifacts that date back more than 120 years.