Please join the Alaska Highway Project at the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the Alaska Highway. The historic meeting in 1942 of the bulldozer from the 97th Engineers (an African-American unit) with the bulldozer from the 18th Engineers (a Caucasian unit), signified the completion of the Alaska Highway. The success of African-American engineers in building a large portion of the Alaska Highway is an important piece of Alaskan history.
The Alaska Highway Project has been working to recognize the contribution of these African American soldiers. After many years of dedicated work by the Alaska Highway Project, on April 30th, 2017 Governor Walker signed SB46 into law, which adds this important history into the Alaska Studies curriculum. And now October 25th is forever established as "African American Soldiers Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day."
We will also be honoring Mr. Larkins, currently 96 years young, who is one of the members of the African American regiment. Come join us in welcoming Mr. Larkins back to Alaska as we celebrate this remarkable milestone in our state history.
Parking is on 3rd Avenue, and the event is taking place on the 2nd floor