Monday, September 8, 2014
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Stamp ceremony to honor 'Chief' Anderson

A U.S. stamp honoring C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, the Bridgeport-born pilot known as the "Father of Black Aviation," will be unveiled Thursday at Bryn Mawr College.

Anderson, who attended Lower Merion High School, was the chief flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he taught hundreds of the famed Tuskegee Airmen to fly.

Speakers at Thursday's ceremony are expected to include Roscoe Draper, 94, of Haverford, a Tuskegee Airman who taught alongside Anderson. William Campbell Jr., an administrative judge for the U.S. Postal Service, will preside over the event. Campbell's father, Col. William "Wild Bill" Campbell Sr., was a highly decorated Tuskegee Airman who attended the flight training school.

The 45-minute ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at McPherson Auditorium on the Bryn Mawr campus. The event is free and open to the public. Stamps will be sold before and after the ceremony. - Kristin E. Holmes

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