West Point Cemetery

West Point Cemetery

This historically African American burial place, first known as Potter’s Field, was established as Calvary Cemetery in 1873 and renamed West Point Cemetery in 1885. James E. Fuller, Norfolk’s first African American councilman, secured a section for the burial of black Union Civil War veterans in 1886. Nearly 60 soldiers and sailors were interred there. Fuller led efforts to mark the site with a monument, completed in 1920, that honors African Americans who served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. At its top is a statue of Sgt. William H. Carney, Norfolk native and the first black Medal of Honor recipient. West Point Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marker: KV-25, Virginia Department of Historic Resources (2017)

Location

E Princess Anne Rd, Norfolk, VA 23510
  • <p>Dedicated in 1906, the West Point Monument is a tribute to African American veterans of both the Civil War and Spanish–American War. The soldier depicted on the top is Norfolk native Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment.</p> <p>Dedicated in 1906, the West Point Monument is a tribute to African American veterans of both the Civil War and Spanish–American War. The soldier depicted on the top is Norfolk native Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment.</p>
  • <p>Graves of black Union soldiers (USCT) from the American Civil War buried at West Point Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.</p>
  • <p>West Point Cemetery</p> <p>West Point Cemetery</p>
  • <p>West Point Cemetery Historical Marker</p> <p><strong>West Point Cemetery Historical Marker</strong></p>