Proud Pilot & Proud Painter: STL Photo of the Week

Posted on October 18, 2019 in Photos

Lt. Colonel Marcella Ng stands next to her portrait in the Black Americans in Flight mural with Solomon Thurman, on Thursday, October 17.

Every day, thousands of people walk past the Black Americans in Flight mural located at the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim level by C Concourse exit at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). On Thursday, October 17 two of those people walking by happened to play an important role in making the mural a reality. Solomon Thurman, along with Spencer Taylor, completed the mural in 1990. Lt. Colonel Marcella Ng, a Columbia, Missouri native and the first African American woman pilot in the United States Army, is depicted on the fourth panel of the mural. On Thursday,  Lt. Colonel Ng, saw the mural for the first time during a brief trip to St. Louis. Upon learning of her upcoming visit, STL arranged for Solomon Thurman to meet her at the Airport. “Many of my friends and family have seen the mural and sent me photos” said Lt. Colonel Ng. “The opportunity to see it in person is incredible.”