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South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James A. Fields House

 
 
James A. Fields House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
1. James A. Fields House Marker
Inscription.  James A. Fields acquired this late-Victorian Italianate-style brick house in 1893. Fields, born into slavery in Hanover County, escaped in 1862 and became a contraband of war. He graduated in 1871 from what is now Hampton University and taught school. After receiving a law degree from Howard University in 1882, Fields served as the commonwealth’s attorney for Warwick County in 1887 and represented the region in the House of Delegates (1889-1890). After Field’s death in 1903, four doctors acquired the house in 1908 and it functioned as Newport News’ first black hospital. Eventually the hospital became known as Whittaker Memorial Hospital at another site.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-77.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list.
 
Location. 36° 58.984′ N, 76° 25.279′ 
Markers at James A. Fields House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Markers at James A. Fields House
Two markers are located at the James A. Fields House.
W. Marker is in South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of 27th Street (Virginia Route 143 E) and Jefferson Avenue, on the left when traveling east on 27th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named James A. Fields House (here, next to this marker); Gregory Cherry (here, next to this marker); Crusader for Legal Justice (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jessie Menifield Rattley (about 600 feet away); Newport News Pays Tribute (about 600 feet away); Ella Fitzgerald (about 700 feet away); Memorial Design & Concept (about 700 feet away); King Comes to Newport News (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Newport News.
 
James A. Fields House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. James A. Fields House
The James A. Fields House is a State of Virginia Landmark and a National Historic Site.
James A. Fields House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. James A. Fields House
This was one of fifteen properties that James Fields owned in Newport News.
James A. Fields House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
5. James A. Fields House
Plaque on the house image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
6. Plaque on the house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,136 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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