According to Click on Detroit:

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson was honoured on his 100th birthday to receive the key to Detroit. The city rededicated  Jefferson Field in Rouge Park on his 100th birthday, which was fitting since the park was named after him in 2008.

“This is not only someone who’s a Detroit hero, but an American hero as well,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said.

Jefferson served as a P51 fighter pilot with the Red Tail 332nd Fighter Group. He and the Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.

He also wrote a book entitled “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW” a memoir of those who served in World War II and after.