Tuskegee Airman Honored with Logan Airport Mural


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Enoch O’Dell “Woody” Woodhouse II, a 95-year-old Roxbury native, was honored for his military service.

Massachusetts Port Authority honors Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Enoch (Woody) Woodhouse II by unveiling murals by artist Victor Quinonez (Marka27), depicting his dedicated service to his country and recognizing historic Airmen achievements from Tuskegee to Logan International Airport in Boston on Oct. 15, 2019. 3, 2022. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

Two murals dedicated to one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen have been unveiled at Logan Airport.

Enoch O’Dell “Woody” Woodhouse II, a 95-year-old Roxbury native, was honored for his service at a ceremony to reveal the murals on Monday. Other guests included Major General Gary Keefe and Governor Charlie Baker.

Tuskegee Airman Honored with Logan Airport Mural
Governor Charlie Baker (left) honors Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Enoch (Woody) Woodhouse II. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in US military service, are credited with helping the country win World War II in the air despite battling racism at home. Woodhouse was second lieutenant and paymaster for the squadron, which consisted of 992 pilots and more than 14,000 other personnel.

“Woody is someone who has managed to rise above resentment, prejudice and indignity…because, honestly, he is much bigger than that,” Governor Baker said during the interview. event, according to The Boston Globe.

Tuskegee Airman Honored with Logan Airport Mural
Woodhouse addresses the crowd at the ceremony on Monday. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

Baker said the murals, painted by street artist Victor Quiñonez, honored both Woodhouse and the Tuskegee Airmen as a whole. At the ceremony, Woodhouse was also appointed to the state militia as a lieutenant colonel, colonel and brigadier general, according to the World.

Woodhouse is a longtime Boston resident. He was born in Mission Hill, attended high school in the South End, and returned to the city after his military service to attend Boston University Law School. He then worked as a lawyer throughout Boston for over 40 years.

Tuskegee Airman Honored with Logan Airport Mural
Woodhouse was honored with several military promotions at Monday’s ceremony. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

Woodhouse spoke at the event about the challenges he faced as a black airman in the 1940s and how he overcame them.

“Not everyone in the world likes you,” Woodhouse said. “It doesn’t matter what people think of me or people like me, you know what? I just keep walking.

The new murals are located on the arrivals level of Terminal C, outside of the USO facilities.



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