3rd Annual Harris Family Gathering

They will be having a family gathering in Thomasville GA to be held July 22 & 23 at the Tony Ward's Farm and Pavillion, 2353 Hwy 319 South. The price of the event will be $40.00 for adults over age 18, ages13 to 17 $10.00 and those under 12 are free. For more information contact Patricia Simmons at 229-379-1687.

Chance Harris 1820 - bef 1900

Some years ago I was contacted by a David Harris who resides in Tallahassee FL. We have been corresponding over the years. He believes that his ggggrandfather was Chance Harris. However, it would mean that Chance had 2 familes. An older family residing in Macon County, AL and a younger family residing in Thomasville Ga.

New Harris Family Descendants Found!

On May 31, 2010 while researching ancestry.com, I received a message that someone had added information to the lineage of Chance Harris, my great-granduncle.

Christine Buchanan, from Tuskegee,included additional information on Chance's oldest child Lizzie, who was her grandmother. Lizzie Harris was married to Gus Buchanan, the son of Jesse and Mariah Buchanan. They had several children: John (Christine's father), William, Georgia, Annie L., Luciel and Fred Buchanan.

Of Chance's 11 children, to date the descendants for 3 have been found!

Aviation legends to share memories in Mesa Saturday

Nov. 3, 2009 09:53 AM
The Arizona Republic

Tuskegee Airmen, Women Airforce Service Pilots and fighter aces who shot down several enemy aircraft during aerial combat, will be among 40 military aviators who gather Saturday at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Museum in Mesa to share their wartime experiences. "This event is planned to be the largest Veterans Day gathering of military aviators in the state," said wing spokesman, Rick Senffner. Read More

Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich Team Up

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Former chicago educator Arne Duncan, now education secretary in President Obama's cabine has come up with a novel idea for a tour to promote the value of staying in school and getting a good education.

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Tuskegee Airman Dies, Robert Decatur, 88

BILOXI, Miss. -- Former Tuskegee Airman Robert Decatur, who became a judge and civil rights lawyer, will be buried in Biloxi this week.

Decatur died at his home in Titusville, Fla., on Aug. 19 at age 88. Burial is at Biloxi National Cemetery with full military honors at 11 a.m. Thursday.

He graduated from St. Leo High School in Chicago and received his pilot's license from the University of Akron in Ohio. He earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

This Week in Alabama History

June 2, 1943 - Aliceville's World War II prisoner-of-war camp receives its first contingent of captured German soldiers. By the end of the week, Aliceville housed 3,000 prisoners. Nearly 5,000 POWs eventually would be imprisoned in the facility, the largest of four such camps in Alabama.

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This Week in Alabama History

The Scottsboro Boys, eight young men ranging in age from 13 to 21, are sentenced to die for the alleged rape of two white women on a freight train between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Scottsboro, Alabama. The conviction by an all-white jury and the subsequent appeals were widely publicized and led to major protests around the world. Four of the men were freed in 1937, while the others endured lengthy prison sentences. The final prisoner was released in 1950.

The First Family

Grand opening of the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site

Despite limited opportunities early on, African-Americans have played a pivotal role in United States aviation and military history. From the American Revolution and the Civil War to the astronauts of today, African-Americans have not let circumstances hold them back.

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