The Purpose of this Museum

This museum is the only one of its kind in the U.S.  The museum was created not to glorify war but to document it -- in particular to honor the long-ignored role of African-Americans in the largest worldwide conflict of human history. The Museum's goal is to enlighten visitors about the relatively unknown and unappreciated contribution of the 1.1 million African-Americans who served in the U.S. military in World War II.  More than a collection and display of objects, the museum is a center for ongoing teaching and research on this broad subject

Tuskegee Airmen

332nd Fighter Group and

the 477th Bombardment Group

Women in the military

women's service

Our First Grand Opening

Working towards our next Grand Opening.


BRUCE Ward BIRD/former VT resident

Mabel Wensley (REDFERN) Jorgensen/native of Stamford
Co-founder/PRESIDENT/Director of Fundraising

We are not yet open to visitors.


about us

POWNAL -- Beyond its pastel hallways, and beside the forgotten posters admonishing children to wash their hands, the walls of the neglected Oak Hill School are lined with rounds and rounds of ammunition.

But this soldierly former day-care center is no impenetrable fortress; in fact, its roof barely keeps out the rain these days.

"Once you've taken on the Wehrmacht (German army), no one is going to convince you that you are inferior."
 -- Bruce Bird, Museum planner.

Bruce Bird, the man in the corner polishing the imposing set of anti-aircraft shells, is the would-be curator of America's first museum dedicated exclusively to the military history of black Americans in World War II.


Please donate
and help us reach our goals

To create a perpetual endowment.
To transport donated artifacts to the museum and to acquire,
repair and maintain these artifacts.
To develop and maintain new displays.
To provide building maintenance and repair.
We are now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.