Norfolk's Civil War African American HeritageThe memorial before you, the West Point Monument, was built in 1909 as a tribute to African American veterans of the Civil War and Spanish-American War. James A. Fuller, a former slave and veteran of the 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry, led the effort to erect this monument. Fuller was Norfolk's first African American councilman, and he successfully lobbied for the establishment of this section of Elmwood Cemetery, named West Point, as a burial ground for Norfolk's African American citizens. The cornerstone of the Soldier's Monument was laid by William Fuller in 1908, however, the monument was not completed until 1920. When the monument was finally unveiled, it was the first memorial to African American soldiers in Virginia.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:08pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 385461 N 4080254|
|Decimal Degrees||36.86128333, -76.28493333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 51.677', W 76° 17.096'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 51' 40.62" N, 76° 17' 5.76" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1300-1398 Armistead Ave, Norfolk VA 23504, US|
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