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

Leigh Street Armory

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2016
1. Leigh Street Armory Marker
Inscription. In 1895, the city of Richmond constructed the Leigh Street or First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory, the nationís only 19th-century armory built for an African American militia. Several decades of noteworthy performance by Virginiaís black militia combined with tireless lobbying by Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell, Jr., contributed to the cityís decision to fund the armory. After 1899, when Virginiaís governor disbanded black militia units, the armory served until 1981 primarily as a school for black children: Monroe Elementary School, Colored Special School, Graves Junior High School annex, and Armstrong High School annex. During World War II, it served as a reception center for black soldiers.
 
Erected 2012 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 102.)
 
Location. 37° 32.996′ N, 77° 26.489′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Leigh Street (Virginia Route 33) and St Peter Street, on the right when traveling west on West Leigh Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 W Leigh St, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ebenezer Baptist Church (within shouting distance
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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2016
2. Leigh Street Armory Marker
of this marker); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richmondís First African American Police Officers (about 500 feet away); Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Jasper (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. ľ mile away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. ľ mile away); Quality Row (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. (Submitted on April 18, 2016.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationWar, World II
 
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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2016
3. Leigh Street Armory (Black History Museum )
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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