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Roxboro in Person County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Robert Lester Blackwell

Born Oct. 4, 1895

 

— Son of a Tenant Farmer —

 
Robert Lester Blackwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. Robert Lester Blackwell Marker
Inscription.  On October 1, 1918, near St. Souplet, France his Unit Co. K, 19th Inf. 30th Div. was cut off and faced destruction. The officer in charge sent a man for help. He was killed. He sent another, and he was killed. He then called for volunteers. Lester tried to get through. He lost his life. For this, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 
Erected by Lester Blackwell, Post 138.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 1, 1918.
 
Location. 36° 23.61′ N, 78° 59.043′ W. Marker is in Roxboro, North Carolina, in Person County. Memorial is at the intersection of Abbitt Street and South Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Abbitt Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 S Main St, Roxboro NC 27573, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Person County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Korea (here, next to this marker); Site Of The Dowdy Hotel Jones Hotel And Hotel Roxboro (a few steps from
Robert Lester Blackwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
2. Robert Lester Blackwell Marker
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this marker); Person County Courthouse Site (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); The Newells Jewelers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roxboro.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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