“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Emporia, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

John Day

John Day Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. John Day Marker
Inscription.  John Day, a free African American cabinetmaker and brother of Thomas Day, cabinetmaker and builder, was born in Hicksford (present-day Emporia) on 18 Feb. 1797. Licensed in 1821 as a Baptist minister, he sailed in December 1830 to Liberia, where in 1853 he became pastor of Providence Church in Monrovia, the capital. In 1854 he established Day's Hope High School. He was a delegate to Liberia's constitutional convention, a signer of its constitution and its Declaration of Independence in 1847, and the second chief justice of its supreme court. Day died in Monrovia on 15 Feb. 1859.
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1830.
Location. 36° 41.552′ N, 77° 32.378′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 301
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) and Valley Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fearnought (within shouting distance of this marker); Hicksford Raid (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emporia Railroad History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tarleton's Movements (approx. ¼ mile away); Meherrin River Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Hicksford Raid Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emporia.
North Main Street (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. North Main Street (facing north)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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