Wilberforce in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr.
Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (July 1, 1877 - November 26, 1970), the nation's first African American general in the Regular Army, was born in Washington, D.C. Davis first served as a temporary first lieutenant of the 8th U.S. Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War. Following that conflict, he enlisted as a private in the 9th U.S. Cavalry, serving in the Philippine Insurrection where he began to rise in rank. Davis was promoted to first lieutenant in 1905, captain in 1915, lieutenant colonel in 1920, colonel in 1930, and brigadier general in 1941. His military career took him around the world. In 1909, he was detailed as Military Attache to Monrovia, Liberia. During World War I, Davis was stationed in the Philippines. In 1938, he took command of the New York's African American 396th National Guard Infantry, later known as the 369th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Regiment.
During World War II, Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. was assigned to the European Theater of Operations in September 1942 on special duty as advisor on race relations. He retired from military service on July 14, 1948 after fifty years of service. His decorations and honors include: the Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star Medal, the Croix de Guerre with Palm from France, and the Grade of
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 42.923′ N, 83° 52.767′ W. Marker is in Wilberforce, Ohio, in Greene County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Central State University campus, 50 feet southwest of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center, and 200 feet north of the intersection of Brush Row Road and Wesley Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Wilberforce OH 45384, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central State University (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paul Robeson (about 300 feet away); Galloway Hall (about 400 feet away); Hallie Quinn Brown Martin Robison Delany (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Wilberforce University Campus at Tawawa Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Library (1907) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kezia Emery Hall (1913) (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilberforce.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Spanish-American • War, World I • War, World II •
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