The Maycie Herrington papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related
to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as materials pertaining to Tuskegee
Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.
This collection contains photographic prints, a poster, and unpublished manuscripts regarding the military history of the
Tuskegee Airmen as well as African American history.
Maycie Herrington was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 7, 1918 to Dicie and Thomas Copeland. She graduated from
Washington High School in 1936 and continued her education at St. Augustine College, earning her Bachelor of Science degree
in 1940. In 1943, Maycie married Aaron Herrington and the couple moved to Tuskegee, Alabama shortly thereafter so that Aaron
could start flight training with the U.S. Army Air Force. While in Tuskegee, Maycie found employment at the Red Cross. Her
husband Aaron was a cadet and graduated as a single-engine pilot in May 1943; due to a crash in the final phase of his training
he did not serve overseas. Maycie and Aaron welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Ann, on March 16, 1944. The
family moved to Long Beach, California in 1948. Maycie began work for the U.S. Department of Social Services in 1949 until
her retirement in 1981. To promote the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Maycie created a set of Tuskegee Airmen trading cards
which include a photograph and biography of individual airmen. Aaron died October 1, 1995 and Maycie kept his membership in
the Los Angeles chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; she became an active member in 1996 and secretary in 1998.
0.75 linear feet
(1 document box, 1 poster)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All
requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.