Dorothy Layne McIntyre, African American aviator

Dorothy Layne McIntyre (image courtesy of Dorothy Layne McIntyre Family Papers, WRHS)
Dorothy Layne McIntyre (image courtesy of Dorothy Layne McIntyre Family Papers, WRHS)

By Rita Knight-Gray, Host Committee member

In 1940, Dorothy Layne McIntyre became the first African American woman to receive a private pilot’s license under the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA). She attended the flying program at West Virginia State College. While working as a secretary in the Baltimore Urban League, she also taught aircraft mechanics at the War Production Training School. She moved to Cleveland and married F. Benjamin McIntyre in 1942 and worked as a bookkeeper, social worker, and a Cleveland Public School teacher until she retired in 1979. McIntyre still lives in the greater Cleveland area.

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How to Get Here: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

By Lisa Rickey, Host Committee member

When it comes to transportation, Cleveland has plenty of options: planes, trains, and automobiles!

Nearby airports include Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE, 14 miles away) or Akron-Canton Airport (CAK, 50 miles away). Other options for getting to Cleveland include Amtrak, Greyhound bus, and Megabus.

Downtown Cleveland from air, arriving at Cleveland Hopkins (photo courtesy of dchrisoh via Flickr, creative commons license)
Downtown Cleveland from air, arriving at Cleveland Hopkins (photo courtesy of dchrisoh via Flickr, creative commons license)

Once here, convenient ground transportation can be found through the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, as well as local taxis.

Greater Cleveland RTA rapid transit car (photo courtesy Roger Dupuis via Flickr, creative commons license)
Greater Cleveland RTA rapid transit car (photo courtesy Roger Dupuis via Flickr, creative commons license)

Probably the fastest, simplest, and cheapest way to get to from Cleveland Hopkins airport to the Renaissance hotel or the Convention Center would be to follow these instructions (from the official Archives 2015 transportation page): The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Red Line provides regular service between CLE and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station. The trip takes less than 30 minutes and trains depart from CLE every 15 minutes for the majority of the day. For RTA to the Renaissance Hotel: Take the Red Line toward Stokes/Windermere. Exit at Tower City – Public Sq Stn. Fare: $2.25 (one way). The Red Line stop is the same for the Convention Center; it is just a few blocks’ walk from the Renaissance to the Convention Center.

More detailed information about options for getting to – and getting around – Cleveland can be found on the official Archives 2015 transportation page.

However you choose to get around, may we just say: Welcome to Cleveland!

Welcome to Cleveland! (photo courtesy of Sarah B. Nelson via Flickr, creative commons license)
Welcome to Cleveland! (photo courtesy of Sarah B. Nelson via Flickr, creative commons license)