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
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unpublished manuscripts regarding the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen as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.