Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
James A. Fields House
Up from Slavery
Fields was in the Institute’s first graduating class in 1871. He became an educator and taught for fourteen years in Elizabeth City County and in Williamsburg. He served as a justice of the peace in 1879, becoming Virginia’s first black judicial officer. Fields became an attorney as well, graduating from Howard University’s School of Law in 1881. He served as commonwealth’s attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News) in 1887. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 1889-90 session, where he represented Williamsburg and the counties of Elizabeth City, James City, Warwick, and York.
Fields purchased this Italianate house for
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 58.982′ N, 76° 25.28′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of 27th Street (Virginia Route 143 E) and Jefferson Avenue, on the left when traveling east on 27th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named James A. Fields House (here, next to this marker); Gregory Cherry (here, next to this marker); Jessie Menifield Rattley (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newport News Pays Tribute (about 600 feet away); Memorial Design & Concept Ella Fitzgerald (about 700 feet away); King Comes to Newport News (about 700 feet away); Pearl Mae Bailey (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains a photograph of a “Streetscape, 25th St. and Jefferson Ave., ca. 1940s. James A. Fields first established his law offices at this intersection in the heart of the Newport News African American community, before moving to the Fields House at 27th St. and Jefferson Ave. in 1897. - Courtesy Daily Press, Newport News, Va.”
The bottom left of the marker features a picture of “Gen. Ben Butler and ‘Contraband of War’” and a portrait of James Apostles Fields.
Also see . . . Tidewater Virginia, Museums and Visitor Centers. Civil War Traveler website. (Submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • African Americans • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,729 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.