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Green Bay in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blanche Kelso Bruce

 
 
Blanche Kelso Bruce Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Blanche Kelso Bruce Marker
Inscription.  Blanche Kelso Bruce, African American political leader, was born into slavery south of here on 1 Mar. 1841. He grew up in Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri before escaping slavery during the Civil War. In 1869 Bruce moved back to Mississippi and became active in local and state politics. In Feb. 1874, the Mississippi legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate. Bruce was the first black to serve a full term in the Senate (1875-1881). After completing his term in office, he held several political positions in Washington, D.C. He died on 17 Mar. 1898 in Washington, D.C., and was interred there in Woodlawn Cemetery.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-35.)
 
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 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1874.
 
Location. 37° 8.16′ N, 78° 18.699′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker
Patrick Henry Hwy & Tower Rd (facing west) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. Patrick Henry Hwy & Tower Rd (facing west)
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is at the intersection of Patrick Henry Highway (U.S. 360) and Tower Road (County Route 623), on the right when traveling west on Patrick Henry Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Green Bay VA 23942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. CCC Company 1390 (here, next to this marker); St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Twin Lakes State Park (approx. 3.3 miles away); Pushing the Boundaries (approx. 3.4 miles away); Prince Edward State Park: A Refuge of Freedom (approx. 3.4 miles away); Prince Edward State Park for Negroes (approx. 3½ miles away); Meherrin Station (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Prince Edward State Park for Negroes (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (Submitted on May 23, 2010.) 

2. Blanche Kelso Bruce. United States Senate (Submitted on May 23, 2010.) 
 
Hon. Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi image. Click for full size.
circa 1880
3. Hon. Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi
Library of Congress [LC-BH832- 30088]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,069 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on April 14, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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