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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

West Point Cemetery

 
 
West Point Cemetery Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
1. West Point Cemetery Marker.
Inscription. West Point Cemetery was Norfolk’s first municipal cemetery for African Americans, after an 1827 ordinance provided for their interment in a section of Potter’s Field just north of the borough limits. The section was set off exclusively for the burial of African Americans in 1852 and was named Calvary Cemetery in 1873. When a larger Calvary Cemetery was established several blocks to the east in 1877, the older cemetery resumed the name Potter’s Field.

Potter’s Field was named West Point Cemetery in 1885 at the suggestion of James E. Fuller, Norfolk’s first black councilman. The name reflects the cemetery’s location at the western end of Elmwood Cemetery. After a portion of West Point was set aside for Union veterans, the black community raised funds to erect a statue of a Union soldier on the site. The statue, completed in 1920, represents Norfolk native Sgt. William Carney, of Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, the first African American whose actions earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 36° 51.609′ N, 76° 17.076′ W. Marker is in

West Point Cemetery marker, facing east on E. Princess Anne Road. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
2. West Point Cemetery marker, facing east on E. Princess Anne Road.
Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on E. Princess Anne Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is in the section of E. Princess Anne Road between Church Street and Monticello Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named West Point Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Point Monument (about 400 feet away); Elmwood Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Fort Tar (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pauline Adams (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Each listed marker provides additional insight and photos related to this marker’s inscription.
 
Also see . . .
1. West Point Cemetery - City of Norfolk, Virginia - Official Website. (Submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
2. Virginia Landmark Register. (Submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords.
West Point Cemetery marker, facing west. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
3. West Point Cemetery marker, facing west.
In the background (center) is another West Point Cemetery marker (KV-25), erected by the Department of Historic Resources (DHR), 2017.
Norfolk County

 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Exhibit A: Detail of Sgt. William Carney photo. image. Click for full size.
4. Exhibit A: Detail of Sgt. William Carney photo.
Sgt. Carney’s lifespan is recorded as 1840-1908. Also pictured is his Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War (1861-1865).
Exhibit C: Detail of the West Point Monument statue. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
5. Exhibit C: Detail of the West Point Monument statue.
Exhibit B: Detail of the 1877 map of Norfolk. image. Click for full size.
1877
6. Exhibit B: Detail of the 1877 map of Norfolk.
The map’s inscribed heading is: “Gray’s New Map of Norfolk. Norfolk County, Virginia. Drawn from special surveys, 1877.” Note that present-day Elmwood Cemetery is labeled as Elm Grove Cemetery. The other two burial grounds are labeled Calvary Cemetery and Cedar Grove Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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