Leigh Street Armory

Leigh Street Armory (HM1RQJ)

Location: Richmond, VA 23220
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.996', W 77° 26.489'

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In 1895, the city of Richmond constructed the Leigh Street or First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory, the nation's only 19th-century armory built for an African American militia. Several decades of noteworthy performance by Virginia's black militia combined with tireless lobbying by Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell, Jr., contributed to the city's decision to fund the armory. After 1899, when Virginia's governor disbanded black militia units, the armory served until 1981 primarily as a school for black children: Monroe Elementary School, Colored Special School, Graves Junior High School annex, and Armstrong High School annex. During World War II, it served as a reception center for black soldiers.
Marker NumberSA 102
Year Placed2012
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284323 N 4158682
Decimal Degrees37.54993333, -77.44148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.996', W 77° 26.489'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 59.76" N, 77° 26' 29.34" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 W Leigh St, Richmond VA 23220, US
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