Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Batter Up: Spotsylvania Yellow Jackets
Adjacent to Sylvannah Baptist Church were 9.64 acres owned by the estate of Liston Lewis. On July 12, 1952, Elmore Lawson (below) purchased that acreage and constructed a baseball diamond. Lawson was a farmer, carpenter, and construction contractor who also owned and operated a sawmill. He was born January 26, 1882, to Isaac and Julia Weathers Lawson, and was father of 17 all with first wife, Cora Stannard Lawson who died in 1938.
Young men who as children played baseball in their spare time and/or on the team for the John J. Wright School now used this newly constructed diamond as their home ﬁeld. They called themselves the Spotsylvania Yellow Jackets and used their own finances to purchases equipment and uniforms. Teams throughout the Commonwealth came to play them, and they often travelled and returned victorious. Saturdays and after church on Sundays, the bleachers were ﬁlled with cheering fans as they watched young men such as Roy and Roger Lewis, Alfred Coleman, Rudolph Williams, the
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Erected 2015 by Spotsylvania African American Heritage Trail.
Location. 38° 11.462′ N, 77° 35.201′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208) and Marshall Park Lane, on the right when traveling north on Courthouse Road. Touch for map. Located at the west end of the parking lot in Marshall Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8525 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zion Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Education in Spotsylvania County Stubbs School (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Good Hope Colored School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forever young, (approx. 0.3 miles away); Booth Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Spotsylvania County Jail (approx. 0.7 miles away); Spotsylvania Courthouse and Jail (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . . Spotsylvania African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on June 22, 2015.)
Categories. • African Americans • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.