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Deep Creek North in Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Justin Holland

 
 
Justin Holland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Justin Holland Marker
Inscription.  Justin Holland was a 19th-century pioneer African American of the classical guitar, community leader, and abolitionist. Born in Norfolk County about 1819, he left for Massachusetts in 1833. There he took music lessons and learned to play the guitar. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1840s, became a music teacher, and arranged several hundred pieces of music for the guitar. He also played an active role in the movement to secure equal rights for African Americans and attended the first National Negro Convention in Philadelphia in 1830. He died at his son’s home in New Orleans on 24 Mar. 1887.
 
Erected 2012 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WP-13.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 24, 1887.
 
Location. 36° 45.047′ N, 76° 20.735′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is in
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Deep Creek North. Marker is at the intersection of Shell Road and George Washington Highway (Business U.S. 17), on the right when traveling east on Shell Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23323, 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. Village of Deep Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away); Owens-Melvin House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cody S. Childers (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the Nansemond Indian Public School #9 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sunray (approx. 4.2 miles away); Dale Point (approx. 4.3 miles away); Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 4˝ miles away); Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Shell Road (facing east) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Shell Road (facing east)
Shell Road (facing west) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
3. Shell Road (facing west)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,258 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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