40 miles east of Montgomery, AL is Tuskegee Alabama, home to the large Tuskegee Forest and one of the nation’s Historically Black Universities (HBCU) – Tuskegee University. Situated on 5,200 acres of rural Alabama ground, the school’s rich and vibrant history is seen nearly everywhere. Founded in 1881 by Booker T Washington, this private 4-year school became well known for the pilots and other airmen who trained for duty there during World War II. The famed Tuskegee Airmen flew into history as ready, willing and able servicemen who defended their country without reservation. The small town setting provides poetic background for the history of the grounds. Tuskegee alumni have been successful in many walks of life and include Lionel Ritchie, Betty Shabazz as well as many activities, politicians and artists.