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Mad River Theater: Wings of Courage

MAD RIVER THEATER PRESENTS THE STORY OF EUGENE BULLARD. EUGENE BULLARD’S STORY WOULD BE UNBELIEVABLE IF IT WERE NOT ALL TRUE. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL BOXER AND A WORLD WAR I FLYING ACE. HE WAS A JAZZ MUSICIAN. HE WAS A SPY. WHO WAS THIS REMARKABLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN? BORN IN COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, BULLARD TRAVELED THE WORLD. HE JOINED THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION AFTER BEING DENIED A MEANINGFUL PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS AND FLEW AGAINST THE FAMOUS “RED BARON” AS A PART OF THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE. BUT WHEN THE ESCADRILLE WAS INCORPORATED INTO THE NEW U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS IN 1917, THE COLOR OF BULLARD’S SKIN PREVENTED HIM FROM TAKING HIS PLACE ALONGSIDE THE OTHER AMERICAN HEROES OF HIS DAY. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP HIM. HE WENT ON TO FAME AS A BANDLEADER IN PARIS DURING THE 1920’S AND WAS A SPY AGAINST THE NAZIS.