Michigan was the home to several African American air combat units including many graduates of the Tuskegee pilot training program. This story began 75 years ago when Tuskegee Airmen, 2nd Lt. Frank Herman Moody crashed during a World War II training mission. On April 11, 1944 the P-39 Airacobra flown by 2nd Lt Frank Moody, was flying over Lake Huron when he crashed. His airplane went down into the lake four miles north of Port Huron, Michigan.
2nd Lt. Moody was killed but his body was never recovered. April 11, 2014, during a tugboat salvage mission at Lake Huron, divers found 2nd Lt. Moody’s plane 70 years later to the date. In 2019, Port Huron city officials and DWP (Diving with a Purpose Maritime Archaeology Program) began construction of a Tuskegee Airmen monument in commemoration of 2nd Lt. Frank Herman Moody.
Arthur L. Dawson, artist and Army veteran was commissioned to recreate one of his earlier drawings titled “From Above.”
The original color pencil drawing is on permanent display at the Greater Orlando International Airport as part of the Orange County Public Art Collection, in Orlando, Florida. “From Above II” is the title of the new bas-relief bronze version commissioned for the Tuskegee Airmen monument in Port Huron, MI.
“There is no greater honor for an African American artist than to be chosen to create a work of art that pays historical tribute to the bravery, heroism, and legacy of true African American heroes.” ~ Arthur L Dawson
Arthur has made it possible for a select few to own a piece of history by creating a special Limited-Edition series of 25 bronze bas-relief sculptures. A portion of the proceeds will go to the 2nd Lt. Frank H. Moody Tuskegee Airmen Monument project. The National dedication and unveiling ceremony will be held in the Flag Plaza, August 21, 2020, Port Huron, MI.
Title: “From Above II” Final casting: Bronze Size: 17h x 26w x 1.5d. The retail price for each bronze relief in the special Limited-Edition series is $6,500.00 until August 1st, 2020. The delivery of the bas-relief sculpture will take approximately 6-8 weeks from the time of your deposit. Each relief is custom made and it takes 6-8 weeks to complete the bronze casting process.
In addition, each relief comes with a beautiful shadow box framed Certificate of Authenticity containing a Distinguished Flying Cross medal (see image below). Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of American History and support the legacy of the historical Tuskegee Airmen. (For this special project, we are offering a special 90 day same as cash purchase option with free shipping ).