Starke in Clay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II (1941-1945)
Walk Through Time
— Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park —
Although still segregated, America’s armed forces were comprised of more than 100,000 Black Floridians serving around the world. As depicted in this panel, they served in all branches of the service and in many roles within each branch. Black Floridians served in all theaters of the war – on land, sea, and the air. Many of these men were drafted or volunteered and those assigned to the Army received their training here at Camp Blanding. Many of them died. Many more were wounded. But eventually, most of these WWII veterans came home to continue their lives here in the state of Florida.
Photographs courtesy of United States National Archives and the U.S. Coast Guard
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 29° 58.767′ N, 81° 59.067′ W. Marker is in Starke, Florida, in Clay County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of State Route 16 West and Tallahassee Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located within the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5629 State Route 16 West, Starke FL 32091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm: (1950 forward) (here, next to this marker); First Muster At St. Augustine (1565) (a few steps from this marker); Medal Of Honor (a few steps from this marker); World War I (1914-1918) (a few steps from this marker); Assault On Fort Mose (1740) (a few steps from this marker); Military Service Of Black Floridians 1565-1997 (a few steps from this marker); Women For Freedom And Liberty (a few steps from this marker); Albert Hazen Blanding (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Starke.
Also see . . . Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park. (Submitted on August 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.