Late Tuskegee airman honored in South LA

The placard for the Roger "Bill" Terry Square dedication, Oct. 21, 2010.
The placard for the Roger "Bill" Terry Square dedication, Oct. 21, 2010. Corey Moore/KPCC

Friends and relatives of a leader in a famous World War II military effort dedicated a South Los Angeles intersection in his honor today.

Elected officials and some of Roger “Bill” Terry’s fellow Tuskegee Airmen proudly stood at the intersection of East 28th street and South Stanford Avenue – as a street sign was unveiled that read Roger “Bill” Terry Square.

The dedication ceremony took place in front of the historic St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church where Terry was a member. Terry was a pilot who flew with the all black 477th Bombardment Group in World War II. Comrades revere Terry as a leader who tirelessly fought for freedom abroad and for civil rights at home.

Three years ago, President George Bush awarded Terry and other Tuskegee Airmen with a Congressional Gold Medal. He died on June 11, 2009.

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry authored the motion for today’s Terry Square dedication.

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