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Historical Markers and War Memorials in South Newport News, Virginia

Clickable Map of Newport News, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Newport News Ind. City, VA (236) Hampton Ind. City, VA (205) Isle of Wight County, VA (52) James City County, VA (200) Portsmouth Ind. City, VA (103) Suffolk Ind. City, VA (60) Surry County, VA (33) York County, VA (159)  NewportNews(236) Newport News (236)  Hampton(205) Hampton (205)  IsleofWightCounty(52) Isle of Wight County (52)  JamesCityCounty(200) James City County (200)  Portsmouth(103) Portsmouth (103)  Suffolk(60) Suffolk (60)  SurryCounty(33) Surry County (33)  YorkCounty(159) York County (159)
Location of South Newport News
    Newport News (236)
    Hampton (205)
    Isle of Wight County (52)
    James City County (200)
    Portsmouth (103)
    Suffolk (60)
    Surry County (33)
    York County (159)
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1Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — A Behemoth in the Field
240mm T1 Gun, Watervleit Arsenal, New York, c. 1950, serial number 1. 280mm T72 Gun Carriage, Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts, c. 1952. WM 87.31.7 a,b The 240mm gun provided a bridge between conventional cannons and atomic cannons. In . . . — Map (db m34004) HM
2Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — A Great Confederate Naval Victory
On March 8, 1862, the day before her epic battle with the U.S.S. Monitor, the Confederate ironclad ram Virginia (formerly the U.S.S. Merrimack) engaged and sank in the James River two powerful Union sailing Ships of War, the U.S.S. Cumberland and . . . — Map (db m10341) HM
3Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — A Nameless GraveBy Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A soldier of the Union mustered out,” is the inscription on an unknown grave at Newport News, beside the salt-sea wave, nameless and dateless; sentinel or scout shot down in skirmish, or disastrous rout of battle when the . . . — Map (db m16595) HM WM
4Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Annie Belle Daniels
Madam Annie B. Daniels is known for her untiring humanitarian service and her contributions to the general welfare of the city. Her persuasiveness in working with people of various backgrounds has created greater understanding among diverse . . . — Map (db m94348) HM
5Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Atlantic
With a length of 1,187 feet and a width of 228 feet, U.S.T. Atlantic and its sister ship, U.S.T. Pacific, are the largest ships ever built in the western hemisphere. An ultra large oil carrier, the vessel was delivered to Interstate . . . — Map (db m34023) HM
6Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Birth of Naval Aviation
The value of the aeroplane for the Navy is unquestioned.” – Eugene B. Ely Naval aviation dates from November 14, 1910, when stunt pilot Eugene B. Ely coaxed a Curtiss “Pusher” biplane from the deck of the . . . — Map (db m15420) HM
7Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Camp Alexander
Camp Alexander was created from a portion of Camp Hill between Warwick and Jefferson Avenues on Aug. 15, 1918. Part of the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, it quartered Black stevedore regiments and labor battalions. Named for 2nd Lt. John Hawks . . . — Map (db m41250) HM
8Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Camp Hill
Operated by the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on land leased from the Old Dominion Land Co. In both World Wars I and II, Camp Hill was named for Confederate Lt. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill, C.S.A. During World War I, its over 200 buildings could house . . . — Map (db m33966) HM
9Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Camp Stuart
In World War 1, Camp Stuart, named for Confederate General 'JEB' Stuart (1833-1864), was America's largest troop handling facility. It was run by Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation July 1917 to Sept. 1919 on 300 acres leased from the Old Dominion . . . — Map (db m33951) HM
10Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Collis Potter Huntingtonas a young man
Born October 22, 1821, Harwinton, Connecticut Died August 13, 1900, “Pine Knot Camp.” New York ---------- • ---------- Sculpted and presented by Anna Hyatt Huntington Dedicated October 22, 1966 Right of Monument: Collis Potter . . . — Map (db m16598) HM
11Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Congress – CumberlandGive Them a Broadside Boys, as She Goes — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
In this section of the James River directly in front of you lies the remains of the USS Cumberland. At this location and along the shore to your left were the Union batteries that protected Camp Butler. On March 8, 1862, the Confederate . . . — Map (db m41507) HM
12Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Consolidation
Near this site on July 1, 1958, Mrs. Philip W. Hiden and Mrs. Homer L. Ferguson, assisted by Shipyard Board Chairman J. B. Woodward, Jr., cut the ribbon marking the consolidation of the cities of Warwick and Newport News into the greater city of . . . — Map (db m110254) HM
13Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Copeland - Newsome Park
To provide emergency housing for war workers and their families during World War II, the U.S. government constructed a combined 5,200 unit project at Copeland and Newsome Park in 1943 on 1,174 acres between Briarfield Road and 39th Street. This . . . — Map (db m94335) HM
14Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Crusader for Legal JusticeW. Hale Thompson — 1914 - 1966 —
W. Hale Thompson desires to serve the people on city council because he believes that he can represent the interests of all Newport News citizens on an impartial basis. He wants to see that all people, regardless of color, have an . . . — Map (db m167533) HM
15Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Curtiss Flying School
Aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss sponsored the Atlantic Coast Aeronautical Station on a 20-acre tract east of Newport News Boat Harbor in the fall of 1915 with Capt. Thomas Scott Baldwin as head. Many civilian students, including Canadians, later . . . — Map (db m33952) HM
16Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Dorothy
Launched in 1890, the tugboat Dorothy was the first ship built by Newport News Shipbuilding. After a long career, Dorothy was brought home and refurbished in 1976 to stand on the Shipyard grounds as a tribute to the company’s . . . — Map (db m34024) HM
17Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Dorothy & Newport News Shipbuilding
The 90-foot tugboat Dorothy, Hull Number One, was delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding in 1891. As Dorothy plied her trade over the next 73 years, her reputation for dependability became a maritime legend. The little tugboat was recognized . . . — Map (db m34029) HM
18Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Dorothy – Hull Number One
The first vessel constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company was delivered in April, 1891. The 90-foot iron tugboat was designed by Horace See and built near present-day Dry Dock 2. Named for the daughter of former Secretary . . . — Map (db m34028) HM
19Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W 70-a — Ella Fitzgerald(1917-1996)
Born here in Newport News 25 Apr. 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, known as Lady Ella or the First Lady of Song, was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Her three-octave vocal range and improvisational ability in scat . . . — Map (db m98280) HM
20Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Ella Jane FitzgeraldThe First Lady of Song — 1917 - 1996 —
Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News on April 25, 1917. She later moved to New York where her singing talent was discovered at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Ella was the most popular singer in the world for more than half a century, . . . — Map (db m167538) HM
21Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Ferguson Park
To provide emergency accommodation for shipbuilders on the eve of World War II, the U. S. Navy set up a 5,000 person housing development in 1940 on 68 acres between Warwick Road and James River. The first tenants moved into 100 prefab buildings in . . . — Map (db m33968) HM
22Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Ferguson Park
To provide emergency accommodation for shipbuilders on the eve of World War II, the U. S. Navy set up a 5,000 person housing development in 1940 on 68 acres between Warwick Road and James River. The first tenants moved into 100 prefab buildings in . . . — Map (db m33969) HM
23Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Four Heroic Chaplains
Honoring the Four Heroic Chaplains of World War II who gave their lives so that others could live when the S.S. Dorchester sank off Greenland February 3, 1943 Lt. G.L. Fox Protestant Lt. J.D. Washington Catholic . . . — Map (db m34043) HM
24Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W 102 — George W. Carver High School
African American residents of Warwick County campaigned for new public schools to replace inadequate, overcrowded facilities in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1949 the county opened Carver High School, constructed here at a cost of more than $500,000. The . . . — Map (db m129922) HM
25Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Gregory Cherry1955-2007
Gregory Cherry was a man whose love for Newport News and the Southeast Community expressed itself in many ways. He served in the United States Army as an NCO Congressional Escort and in the prestigious Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. He returned to . . . — Map (db m98281) HM
26Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Hampton RoadsWorld’s Largest Natural Harbor
Preface: Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by . . . — Map (db m13945) HM
27Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Heading OutCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(panel 1) Looking across the James here on June 2, 1608, you might have seen a strange sight. A large vessel sailed past with a smaller vessel in tow—neither resembling the canoes used by native people on this river. The . . . — Map (db m98385) HM
28Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Headquarters, Hampton RoadsPort of Embarkation, U. S. Army
The splendid natural harbor of Hampton Roads served the nation as a military port of embarkation in the Spanish American War and two World Wars. In World War 1, headquarters were set up at Newport News on July 11, 1917, and vast shipments of troops . . . — Map (db m33953) HM
29Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W-77 — James A. Fields House
James A. Fields acquired this late-Victorian Italianate-style brick house in 1893. Fields, born into slavery in Hanover County, escaped in 1862 and became a contraband of war. He graduated in 1871 from what is now Hampton University and taught . . . — Map (db m10607) HM
30Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — James A. Fields HouseUp from Slavery
James Apostles Fields was born into slavery in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1844. During the Civil War, Fields and his brother George escaped to Hampton, where in 1862 they found refuge as "contrabands of war" at Fort Monroe. James Fields served . . . — Map (db m10611) HM
31Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W-78 — Jessie Menifield Rattley
Educator, politician, and Civil Rights pioneer, Jessie Menifield Rattley (1929–2001) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Hampton University in 1951. Rattley founded the Peninsula Business College here in 1952. She was the first . . . — Map (db m73957) HM
32Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Jessie Menifield Rattley Municipal CenterNewport News, Virginia — Educator, Politician and Civil Rights Pioneer —
Jessie Menifield Rattley (1929-2001) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to the Virginia Peninsula to attend Hampton Institute. After graduating with honors in 1951, Mrs. Rattley established the first business department at Huntington High . . . — Map (db m33964) HM
33Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — King Comes to Newport NewsDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As part of Dr. King’s crusading efforts, he made appearances at historically black colleges throughout the country, including Hampton Institute, to spread his message. As a man of the cloth, his most frequent venue for reaching African Americans . . . — Map (db m98321) HM
34Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Lake Biggins
Formed in 1924 when Huntington Park was established. This lake was popularly known as Lake Biggins by action of the Newport News City Council May 14, 1979. The lake became officially named to honor this dedicated public servant. Joseph Charles . . . — Map (db m98382) HM
35Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Memorial Design & ConceptDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Groundbreaking for this memorial devoted to Dr. King took place September 10, 2010, as part of Southeast Community Day. The keynote speaker was his daughter and national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Bernice A. King. . . . — Map (db m98324) HM
36Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Monitor – MerrimackThe Battle of the Ironclads — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
Lincoln viewed the March 8, 1862, sinking of the USS Congress and USS Cumberland as the greatest Union calamity since Bull Run. Union Secretary of War Edwin W. Stanton feared that “the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) would soon come . . . — Map (db m10347) HM
37Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Monitor – Merrimack Battle
From this spot March 9, 1862, observers anxiously awaited the outcome of one of the most famous naval battles of all time – between the Confederate ironclad Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) and the Union ironclad Monitor. After four hours . . . — Map (db m10142) HM
38Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newport News1607 - 1957
This area was blessed with abundant springs famous to mariners for centuries after the great sea captain Christopher Newport visited here enroute to Jamestown in May 1607 in command of the first permanent English settlers of the New World. Thus . . . — Map (db m16568) HM
39Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W-76 — Newport News
This area was first referred to a "Newportes Newes" as early as 1619, and the first known English settler lived here in 1621. Several Civil War engagements took place here including the Battle of the Ironclads and the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. . . . — Map (db m33962) HM
40Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newport News
Launched by Newport News Shipbuilding during its centennial year – 1986 - as attribute to the company and city in which it stands, USS Newport News is the 17th Los Angeles-class submarine built by the Shipyard, the lead yard for . . . — Map (db m34021) HM
41Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newport News Pays TributeDr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The report of Dr. King’s death by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, left the nation and the world stunned. The shock was especially pronounced because the minister had advocated nonviolence throughout his civil rights career. A victim of the . . . — Map (db m98326) HM
42Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newport News Point… Named in His Honor
Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, . . . — Map (db m13948) HM
43Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newport News Victory Arch
1917 VICTORY 1918 Greetings with love to those who return A triumph with tears to those who sleep — Map (db m33955) HM
44Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Newsome House
In 1906 this house became the home of J. Thomas Newsome (1872-1942) and his wife Mary. A lawyer, churchman and newspaper editor, Newsome was an early advocate for Huntington High School and also formed the Colored Voters League of Warwick County. He . . . — Map (db m98334) HM
45Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Nimitz
When Newport News Shipbuilding launched USS Nimitz in 1972, it was the world’s largest fighting vessel. In 1995 the Shipyard delivered USS John C. Stennis, the seventh in the class and Newport News Shipbuilder’s 27th aircraft carrier. — Map (db m34026) HM
46Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Norvleate Downing-GrossA Fighter in the War Against Poverty
I walked into empty rooms, no chairs, no desks…in fact, nothing; but I was inspired by the faith of a few that I could do a job for my community and for those who were less fortunate than ourselves.
A 1926 . . . — Map (db m167535) HM
47Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W-172 — Pearl Bailey(1918 - 1990)
Pearl Bailey, singer, author, and humanitarian, was born in Newport News. Her family, including brother Willie "Bill" Bailey, a famous tap dancer, lived at 1204 and later at 1202 29th St. For fie decades, beginning in the 1930s, she performed in . . . — Map (db m166444) HM
48Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Pearl Harbor Survivors
In memory of those heroes who made the supreme sacrifice and to the survivors of Pearl Harbor Oahu, Hawaii December 7, 1941 A day that will live in infamy Dedicated December 7, 2002 By Penninsula Chapter Three Pearl . . . — Map (db m34034) HM
49Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Pearl Mae BaileySinger - Actress - Scholar
A Native of Newport News - born March 29, 1918. Served as United States Delegate to the United Nations. Awarded First Order of Arts by President of Egypt. Appointed Ambassador of Love by President Nixon. Received the highest civilian . . . — Map (db m94334) HM
50Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Phillis WheatleySlave Poet of Colonial America
Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) was America’s first black published poet. Born in Africa, she was brought to Boston in 1861 and sold to merchant John Wheatley as a servant for his wife. Phillis was tutored by her progressive owners and received . . . — Map (db m98329) HM
51Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — RichneckImposing … Brick Houses — Newport News Founders Trail 1607 - 2007 —
Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, . . . — Map (db m165302) HM
52Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Richneck Plantation
In 1667 Miles Cary Jr. inherited land lying between the forks of Stoney Run which he named Richneck. The plantation was home to four generations of Carys and stood until 1865. Charter Elm, commemorated on the Newport News City Seal, grew at Richneck . . . — Map (db m165304) HM
53Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Sons of the FlagWe Welcome You — World War I Centennial Commemoration —
Activity at Newport News during World War I was incomparable in scope to anything that had happened in the city's history. C&O Railway facilities were leased by the U.S. Army and served as the backbone of operations for the Hampton . . . — Map (db m166440) HM
54Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — W 171 — The Apprentice School
The Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, founded in 1886, quickly became one of the nation's foremost builders of military and commercial ships. An informal apprenticeship program for the training of employees was in place by the 1890s. . . . — Map (db m166442) HM
55Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Brown Center1249 28th Street ~ c. 1937
The Browns In the 1940s, newlyweds Cornelius and Carrie Riggins Brown were graciously welcomed to East End by the Newsomes who lived two doors away. Mr. Brown was a well-known local postman. Mrs. brown, a Georgia native who had . . . — Map (db m166452) HM
56Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Clark Oak
In 1935 a seedling from the Emancipation Oak was planted at Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The Emancipation Oak, also known as the Butler Oak, is located on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in Hampton, Virginia. . . . — Map (db m94350) HM
57Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Harwood House5400 Huntington — On the Avenue - Historic North End Huntington Heights —
Built c. 1900, the Harwood House prominently occupies a half block on Huntington Avenue at the corner of 54th Street. It is a Colonial Revival/Queen Anne brick residence consisting of three floors and a full English basement. Most of the grand . . . — Map (db m112029) HM
58Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Newsome House2803 Oak Street ~ 1899
The Owners This house has served two families. It was built in 1899 by Dr. William R. Granger as a residence for his large family. In 1906, Granger sold it to Joseph Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary. Mr. Newsome was a newly arrived . . . — Map (db m98335) HM
59Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Victory Arch
"Greetings with love to those who return A triumph with tears to those who sleep" Newport News' Victory Arch provides a continuing memorial to American servicemen and women. Grateful Peninsula citizens built a temporary Arch, . . . — Map (db m33954) HM
60Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Victory ArchTo Greet Them As They Pass On Their Glorious Return — World War I Centennial Commemoration —
Victory arches have a way of outliving many other works of man. Just as it would be difficult to imagine Paris without the Arc de Triomphe, it would also be hard to imagine Newport News without its Victory Arch. Rep. Lewis . . . — Map (db m166429) HM
61Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — The Winfield-Jones House1255 28th Street ~ c. 1919
The Owners This structure, typical of East End streetscapes was originally the home of Richard Winfield, the brother of Mary Winfield Newsome. It was constructed c. 1919. At the turn of the 20th century, Winfield moved from . . . — Map (db m166447) HM
62Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — U.S.S. Scorpion SSN 589
Dedicated to the men of the U.S.S. Scorpion SSN 589 This monument is dedicated to the 99 gallant men who went down with their ship 400 miles southwest of the Azores declared lost June 5, 1968 — Map (db m34035) HM
63Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — United States
The most famous of all Newport News-built ships, the passenger liner SS United States still holds the world’s speed record for transatlantic crossings. The liner was launched in 1951 and delivered to the United States Line Company the . . . — Map (db m34025) HM
64Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Victory AvenueAn Enduring Reminder of the Great War — World War I Centennial Commemoration —
On September 28, 1919, two ceremonies were held by the Welcome Home Committee at the Victory Arch to honor local veterans. The first overflowed onto the adjacent Casino Park grounds as thousands packed every available foot of space around the . . . — Map (db m166426) HM
65Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Vietnam War Monument
Ground breaking 8/4/90 Dedication 8/3/91 Plaza dedication 8/1/92 The Vietnam War Monument was created to honor the "living, missing and dead" from the Vietnam War. 1959-1975. The monument itself is to help heal America's . . . — Map (db m34030) HM
66Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Virginia
A state holiday was declared on the day the 15,000-ton battleship USS Virginia was launched in 1904. USS Virginia was one of the seven battleships built by Newport News to sail in President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet on its world . . . — Map (db m34022) HM
67Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Virginia War Museum
The main gallery of the War Memorial Museum was erected in 1953-54 under an appropriation of the 1952 General Assembly of Virginia The rear gallery was erected in 1941 under the Joint Appropriations of the 1940 General Assembly and the Council . . . — Map (db m98387) WM
68Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Warwick Hotel 1883-1961
Erected by the Old Dominion Land Co. as the city’s largest residential structure and opened April 11, 1883, the Hotel Warwick fronting on West Ave. and 24th St. long served as the ‘Hub’ of city activities. It housed the county seat of government, . . . — Map (db m33958) HM
69Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — Welcome HomeScenes Such As Will Never Be Replaced — World War I Centennial Commemoration —
The first transports of returning World War I servicemen arriving at the port in mid-February 1919. Under the sponsorship of the Welcome Home Committee, celebrations were organized whenever ships landed. The fire bells of the city were set to . . . — Map (db m166434) HM
70Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — West Avenue Library
Established in 1891 as a private library for Newport News, its books were housed at various sites until a permanenet public facility opened on Oct. 14, 1929, on West Avenue. The library was built with funds from the city and library board on . . . — Map (db m94349) HM
71Virginia (Newport News), South Newport News — WW II U.S. Submarine Memorial
"We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds." Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz, USN In memory of the crews of the 52 United States submarines lost in . . . — Map (db m34044) WM
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