Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Memorial Landscape
The extension of George Street to a new high school cut through several lots to create this island of green. The flagpole comprised the first memorial and lists the names of local men killed in France during World War I. The 40mm anti-aircraft gun is a reminder of World War II. The large granite panels were placed on an expanded island in 2008. The names of the fallen are guarded by two deck guns from the Spanish-American War, a late nineteenth century war that initiated America's historic and continuing role in overseas conflicts.
Additional memorials can be found on the grounds of the former school, where students have remembered their peers with benches, flagpoles, and plaques. The town renamed the old Fredericksburg High School after Matthew Fontaine Maury, a local boy who grew up to do pioneering research in oceanography while an officer in the United States Navy.
Erected by Fredericksburg
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fredericksburg: Timeless. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2008.
Location. 38° 18.052′ N, 77° 27.809′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fredericksburg Roll of Honor (here, next to this marker); Liberty Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barton Street Potter's Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barton Street Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away); Fredericksburg Cemeteries and the Corporation Burying Ground (about 400 feet away); From a Burying Ground to a Park (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named From a Burying Ground to a Park (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named From a Burying Ground to a Park (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Regarding A Memorial Landscape. Pictures at the top of the marker feature:
In 1932, a stone memorial, commemorating Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, stood in this location. It was moved to Washington Avenue in 1977.
An extended George Street
Matthew Fontaine Maury was born in Spotsylvania county, in 1806. When the Civil War came, he resigned his commission in the U. S. Navy to serve in the Confederate Navy.
Maury School was built in 1919, as the Fredericksburg High School. It received substantial additions in 1929 and 1936. This photo shows the original school, without additions. The side door on the right side of the photo is the door visible in front of you.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 7, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.