Memorial Service Set For Former Tuskegee Airman And Little Rock Native

Nov 30, 2015

Milton Crenchaw
Credit Butler Center For Arkansas Studios

A memorial service is set for Tuesday at the Arkansas state Capitol for former Tuskeegee Airman Milton Crenchaw. He died November 17th at the age of 96.

A native of Little Rock, Crenchaw was among the last surviving instructors of the group, which included the first African-Americans to fly combat missions in World War II.

The service begins at 1:30 p.m. in the first floor Rotunda and will include the unveiling of a portrait by Crenchaw’s family members.

He trained hundreds of pilots and later helped establish an aviation program at Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

The event is being hosted by the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office, the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus.