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Tuskegee airman honored at arts magnet school

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Dallas' Arts Magnet School is celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans during Black History Month.

The school is unveiling a new display that honors one of the school's graduates who soared to great heights as one of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Booker T. Washington is more than the city's arts magnet. Its hallways are filled with images of those who are icons in history.

"So when I see all this stuff down here I know that I'm not just at a performing arts school, I'm at a school that started history in Dallas, it was the first black school in Dallas," said student, Danielle Schubbe.

Airman Beauford Marshall, who served from 1942 to 1946 in the 332nd Fighter Group and was a radioman, is now part of the school's hallway.

Beverly Marshall did not learn the whole story about her dad's military career until 2011 when Bishop T.D. James brought Oprah Winfrey and a star-studded cast to Dallas for the premier of the movie "Red Tails".

"They were all so excited they said this was the 332nd Fighter's Group. I was sitting in my seat, I said, ‘that's my dad's' ", Marshall said.

A dad who among a special group of men broke the color barrier in fighter planes attended and played football at Booker T. Washington.

"It's just really cool to see that someone that was in this hallway and someone that went to the same classes and saw the school they kind of went off to do something really successful," said student Brooke Seyoum.

Airman Marshall would later work for the postal service and blazed trails on the ground he had done in the sky.

"He put in a bid… he was so excited for North Park Mall, so he was the first postman for North Park Mall", said Marshall.

Buford Marshall died in 2003, but his story now part of the history at Booker T. Washington.

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