Jacksonville in Onslow County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jackson•Onslow African-American Heritage Trail
The training site for more than 22,000 African American Marines, Montford Point was deactivated on September 9, 1949. President Truman’s Executive Order 9981, issued earlier that year, effectively ended racial segregation in the armed forces. In 1974, in honor of Sgt. Major Gilbert H. “Hashmark” Johnson, Montford Point became Camp Johnson, the first military installation to be named after an African-American Marine.
The courage of the Montford Point Marines laid the foundation for equal opportunity in the United States Marine Corps.
In recognition of their contributions, President Barack
(center) Gilbert “Hashmark” Johnson guides one of his Marines at Montford Point
(right) Drill Instructor Edgar Huff with one of the many platoons he trained.
Erected by Onslow County, Jacksonville•Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Onslow County Museum. (Marker Number J 7.)
Location. 34° 44.85′ N, 77° 24.882′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in Onslow County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Montford Landing Road and Lejeune Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Beirut Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville NC 28540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beirut Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Onslow County 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Montford Point (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Onslow Raid (approx. 1½ miles away); Edward B. Dudley (approx. 1½ miles away); New River Aviation Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Camp Lejeune (was approx. 4.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Categories. • African Americans • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.