Bus Depot Named for African-American World War II Pilots

March 25, 2012 Updated: March 25, 2012

NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) on Friday named the 100th Street bus depot The Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot in honor of 12 Tuskegee Airmen who worked for the New York City Transit system after World War II.

Tuskegee Airmen were part of an African-American military unit created during World War II at the insistence of civil rights groups. The men made a name for themselves by protecting American bombers and developing the famed flight-training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field.