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Former U.S. Presidents: #44 Barack Obama Historical Markers

 
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By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965 Marker (Side 2)
1Alabama (Dallas County), Selma — 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965
Side 1 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge A voting registration campaign in 1965 turned tragic Feb. 17 when an Alabama state trooper fatally shot Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion. It prompted a protest march from . . . Map (db m81944) HM
2Arkansas (Phillips County), Helena — The Hard Road to Equal Rights
African Americans Exercise Their Rights In the decades following the Civil War, former slaves in Arkansas saw African Americans elected to local, state and national offices. Henderson B. Robinson was elected . . . Map (db m107892) HM
3California (Los Angeles County), Eagle Rock — Barack Obama ‘83
44th President of the United States, made his first political speech - - a protest against South African apartheid - - on this plaza February 18, 1981Map (db m130069) HM
4District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — John Logan HouseA Memorial to General and Senator John A. Logan — Champion in the Struggle to Preserve the Union and Establish Racial Justice in America —
The house at #4 Logan Circle, built in 1878, was the 1880's home of Senator John A. Logan. In the Civil War, Logan's military valor helped to save the Union. In the postwar era, Logan lived here as a political leader deeply committed to achieving . . . Map (db m153985) HM
5District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — John Logan HouseA Memorial to General and Senator John A. Logan — Champion in the Struggle to Preserve the Union and Establish Racial Justice in America —
The house at #4 Logan Circle, built in 1878, was the 1880's home of Senator John A. Logan. In the Civil War, Logan's military valor helped to save the Union. In the postwar era, Logan lived here as a political leader deeply committed to achieving . . . Map (db m195513) HM
6District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — Logan CircleIn Past and Present: Mirror on American History
Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 design for the Nation's capital featured a prominent triangle formed by the "President's House" and two intersections: Pacific Circle, located to the northwest of the presidential residence, and Iowa Circle, to the northeast. . . . Map (db m153986) HM
7District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest Federal Center — Earth Day ParkEarth Day Park Serves as a Vital Pollinator Oasis
Earth Day Park was originally dedicated on April 22, 1996, in a culmination of efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. General Services Administration to transform a neglected, vacant lot into a green oasis. the park's most recent . . . Map (db m184560) HM
8District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest Waterfront — Dr. Dorothy Height
Dr. Dorothy Height worked to advance women's, civil, and human rights with many of our nation's leaders. How many can you recognize? Back Dr. Dorothy Height Has lived at 700 7th Street, SW since 1983. As President Emmerita . . . Map (db m112797) HM
9District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — How can you help pollinators?
Pollinator populations are at risk. Decades of stressors including the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of pollinator habitats; the improper use of pesticides and herbicides; and diseases, predation, and parasites have all hurt . . . Map (db m130681) HM
10Illinois (Cook County), Chicago — Obama Kissing Rock
"On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate." - President Barack Obama From an interview in . . . Map (db m187907) HM
11Indiana (DeKalb County), Saint Joe — Myra Selby(Born July 1, 1955) — Indiana Supreme Court Justice —
The 2016-17 Fourth grade class of Riverdale Elementary commissioned this wooden statue of Myra Selby, dedicated August 2017. The project was graciously funded by the Dekko Foundation and was crafted by our local artist, David Drake. The . . . Map (db m186265) HM
12Louisiana (Ascension Parish), Gonzales — The War on Terror: The Afghanistan War(Operation Enduring Freedom)
Toppling the Taliban (October 2001 - December 2001)Within days of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government blamed Al Qaeda, a group of Islamic extremists led by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The Taliban, an Islamic . . . Map (db m115816) HM WM
13Louisiana (Ascension Parish), Gonzales — War on Terror: The Iraq War(Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Deposing a Dictator: Invading Iraq and the Overthrow of Saddam Hussein (March 2003 – May 2003)By the end of 2002, President George W. Bush had become dissatisfied with Saddam Hussein's level of cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors . . . Map (db m115805) HM WM
14Maryland (Dorchester County), Church Creek — The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
Discover the extraordinary life and legacy of Harriet Tubman in the landscape of her childhood and early adult life. Harriet Ross Tubman, an American legendary human rights advocate and suffragist, was born in enslaved in Dorchester . . . Map (db m114438) HM
15Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — A Royal AudiencePresident Obama and Henson's Legacy
In 2011, Queen Elizabeth received President Obama at Buckingham Palace. Among significant historic items she arranged for him to view was material related to Josiah Henson's visit with Queen Victoria in 1877. About Henson's meeting, the . . . Map (db m174662) HM
16Maryland (Washington County), Hagerstown — African Americans and the Medal of Honor
The first act of valor by an African-American serviceman to earn the Medal of Honor occurred on July 18, 1863, during the Civil War. Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment took his place in history in the Battle of . . . Map (db m159780) HM
17Mississippi (Coahoma County), Clarksdale — 81 — Sam Cooke
Front The golden voice of Sam Cooke thrilled and enchanted millions of listeners on the hit recordings “You Send Me,” “Shake,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” and many more. . . . Map (db m90050) HM
18Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Recovery Efforts: After the Storm
May 22, 2011 - The people of Joplin pull each other from the rubble. Memorial Hall becomes makeshift hospital, stage becomes the morgue. AmeriCorps sends its first volunteers to help. Thousands of volunteers begin to arrive. May 23, 2011 - . . . Map (db m108845) HM
19Missouri, St. Louis — 80th MLB All-Star GameJuly 14, 2009 — Greatest Moments —
President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch before the American League defeated the National League 4-3, Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford won MVP honors after his leaping catch over the wall made the difference in the game.Map (db m151825) HM
20Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Gerald EarlyBorn April 21, 1952
An inspiring educator, Gerald Early was appointed the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in English and served as Director of Washington University's Center for the Humanities, the American Culture Studies Program, and the African and African . . . Map (db m124715) HM
21Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Veterans of Foreign Wars Historical Building
VFW Post #207 was formed in 1926, seven years after World War I. During the Second War, Post #9211 came into being. In 1945, the two organizations merged and built the present-day hall which opened the following year. Despite many fundraising . . . Map (db m141504) HM
22New York (Chautauqua County), Fredonia — Alonzo Hereford CushingBrevet Lt. Col. — Battery A — 4th U.S. Artillery —
Resident of Fredonia, NY who graduated from Wet Point in June of 1861 and died defending "The Angle" at The Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Grandson of Town of Pomfret founder Judge Zattu Cushing "Faithful unto death" . . . Map (db m188969) WM
23New York (Kings County), Brooklyn — Shirley Chisholm ParkBrower Park
This paved, circular terrace is named after Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005), educator, social rights advocates and celebrated politician known for her strong moral character. As the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. . . . Map (db m183121) HM
24New York (New York County), New York — Father DamienFlanders, 1840 – Hawai’i, 1889
On October 11, 2009, Joseph De Veuster, better known as Father Damien, was canonized by the Vatican. He was the tenth person recognized as a Saint by the Catholic Church to have lived, worked, or died in what is now the United States. To . . . Map (db m153220) HM
25New York (New York County), New York — Hi-TechBehind A Renaissance Revival Façade — 161 Bowery —
Step back for a moment to take in the eclectic design of the elaborate façade drawing on Renaissance Revival and Neo-Classical ornament. The carved limestone storefront that extends to the second story incorporates pilasters with smooth shafts and . . . Map (db m132919) HM
26New York (New York County), New York — The Cooper Union7 E(ast) 7(th Street) — Built 1852-1859 —
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is America’s first free college. Founded by progressive thinker/abolitionist/inventor Peter Cooper, its doors were opened to all, regardless of race, religion, gender or social status. Its . . . Map (db m136713) HM
27North Carolina (Onslow County), Jacksonville — J 7 — Montford PointJackson•Onslow African-American Heritage Trail
Acquired by the government with the rest of Camp Lejeune, Montford Point became the site of the first training camp for African American Marines. Executive Order 8802, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 25, 1941, ensured full . . . Map (db m77114) HM
28Oregon (Lane County), Eugene — Barack Obama (2009)
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, worked to unite people in support of the value of public service. President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy . . . Map (db m157492) HM
29Puerto Rico (Municipio de San Juan), San Juan — Barack H. Obama44th President of the United States / 44to Presidente de los Estados Unidos — 2009 - —
President Obama is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. As president, . . . Map (db m193235) HM
30Virginia, Hampton — Fort Monroe's Arc Of FreedomFort Monroe
In 1619, Virginia Colony Secretary John Rolfe stated that "20, and odd Negroes" had been traded for supplies. In 1861, at the start of the American Civil War, three enslaved men sought refuge at Fort Monroe. The federal commander, Major . . . Map (db m166614) HM
31Virginia, Richmond — Dr. Dorothy Irene Height(1912-2010)
The 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1947-1956), was born in Richmond. Virginia and lived on Old Dominion St. She was the longest serving National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. During her tenure as . . . Map (db m143047) HM
32West Virginia (Kanawha County), Institute — Katherine Coleman Goble JohnsonKatherine Johnson Plaza
A native of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson first came to Institute at the age of 10 to attend the high school that used to be part of West Virginia State's campus. After graduating high school at age 15, . . . Map (db m178734) HM
33Wisconsin (St. Croix County), New Richmond — Medal of FreedomJohn Doar History Trail
In the years following the impeachment inquiry, John practiced law in New York and around the country. He frequently returned to New Richmond and, along with his brother Tom, contributed to the life of New Richmond in many ways. In May of 2012, . . . Map (db m147402) HM
 
 
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Jul. 3, 2022