Bullard's Story Comes to WYO

The story of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American combat pilot and adventurer, will be presented in the play “Wings of Courage” at Sheridan's WYO Theater starting at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The original play, with music by Mad River Theater Works, tells the true story of Bullard, a professional boxer, World War I flying ace, jazz musician and spy.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Bullard joined the French Foreign Legion after being denied a meaningful place in the United States Army, and rose through the ranks to fly against the famous “Red Baron” as a part of the famous Lafayette Escadrille during World War I.

When the Escadrille was incorporated into the new U.S. Army Air Corps in 1917, Bullard wasn't accepted because of the color of his skin. He went on, instead, to earn fame as a bandleader in Paris in the 1920s.

“Wings of Courage” shows how Bullard's determination and perseverance helped him to overcome discrimination throughout his life.