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Unknown Airman's License No. 1794

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.014 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Hampton, Virginia Type: Printed document signed Date: 30 June 1940 Pagination: 2 p. ; 6 x 10 cm.

Summary of Content: LeRoi Williams' license to be a Private Aircraft Pilot in the State of Virginia. Expires June 30, 1941. Signed by State Corporation Commission Chairman (illegible). The back lists the rules and regulations surrounding the license (printed). Someone has handwritten below (upside down), Miss Mabel Stultz Box 250 Martinsville, Va. Recieved after his graduation from the Hampton Institute.

People: Williams, LeRoi S. (1919-1943)

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: PilotAirplanesAfrican American History

Sub Era: World War II

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