Lt. James R. Polkinghorne Honored with Historic Marker at Florida A&M University

Historically Black Florida A&M University recently unveiled a historic marker in honor of First Lt. James R. Polkinghorne at the FAMU Village breezeway.

Polkinghorne enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force right before his senior year at Florida A&M. In 1943, he graduated from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. In 1944, Polkinghorne became flight leader of his squadron and his 301st fighter group set off to Italy. During a combat mission, his airplane went missing and its crew was never found. Polkinghorne was honored for his service with a Purple Heart.

In 1948, Florida A&M University honored Polkinghorne by naming a two-story apartment complex, Polkinghorne Village. Today, FAMU Village is built on the ground where Polkinghorne Village once stood.

During the unveiling ceremony, Larry Robinson, president of Florida A&M University, presented the historic marker and spoke of Polkinghorne’s legacy. “Today we rededicate this place to honor Polkinghorne’s bravery and ensure that FAMU students are educated about this great pioneer in African-American history, FAMU history, and world history,” Robinson said.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Study Uncovers Racial Bias in University Admissions and Decision-Making AI Algorithms

A new study has found university admissions and decision-making AI algorithms incorrectly predict academic failure for Black students 19 percent of the time, compared to 12 percent of White students and 6 percent of Asian students.

Donald Comer Named Interim President of Lane College in Tennessee

Dr. Comer has extensive experience as an advocate for HBCUs and African American business education serving on the board of trustees for Stillman College and LeMoyne-Owen College. He will assume his new duties on August 1.

Racial Disparities Found Among Veterans’ Experiences With VA-Funded Community Care

"Community care" provides veterans with an streamlined option to receive VA-funded healthcare through non-VA providers. A new study has found Black Americans are more likely to report negative experiences with community care providers and administrators.

Jeffrey Norfleet Is the New Leader of Shorter College in Arkansas

Dr. Norfleet has been serving as Shorter College's provost and vice president. He has an extensive background in higher education, serving in both academic and administrative capacities.
spot_img

Featured Jobs