Fire From the Kansas Sky: The Piatt Street Plane Crash of 1965

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March 29, 2015, 2:30 PM CT

Presented by D.W. Carter

On a cold Saturday morning in 1965, an Air Force KC-135 tanker carrying 31,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a congested African-American neighborhood in Wichita. When the fire subsided, 47 people, mostly children, were dead or injured, several homes were destroyed, and families were splintered--and that was just the beginning of the nightmare. This presentation explores why the plane crashed, how the community responded, and how race relations in Wichita were further strained because of the disaster.

Rockwell Branch, Wichita Public Library
5939 E. 9th St N
Wichita, KS 67208
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Sponsored by: Wichita Public Library Foundation

For more information about this event, please contact:
Julie Linneman
(316) 261-8590