By Tadias Staff
Published: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
New York (TADIAS) — Last week, on Ethiopian Patriots Day, the unveiling of a bust in commemoration of Col. John Robinson was held at Gulele Cemetery in Addis Ababa in the presence of Ethiopian officials and foreign embassy dignitaries.
Robinson, a.k.a. The Brown Condor, was an African American pilot who fought alongside Ethiopians during the war against Fascist Italy and is also credited for training commercial pilots and laying the groundwork for what would eventually become Ethiopian Airlines.
The ceremony was organized by the Ethiopian Patriots Association in collaboration with the International Council for the Commemoration of Col John Robinson.
Below are photos from the event:
African American Pilot Col. John Robinson (Brown Condor) to be Honored in Ethiopia
Ethiopian African American Relations: The Case of Melaku Bayen John Robinson
The Man Called Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot