West Point Monument Honoring William Carney in the Elmwood Cemetery

Historical Significance

The West Point Monument honors William Carney, born enslaved in Norfolk in 1840. Sgt. Carney fought in the Civil War with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. During the 1863 attack on Fort Wagner, S.C., he saved the U.S. flag from capture, refusing to give up even though he had been shot three times. Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. The statue is one of the few monuments in the South honoring African Americans who fought for the Union and is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails program. The 1989 movie, ''Glory'' is based on this Norfolk native.

Physical Description

The West Point Monument is a six-foot high granite statue of Carney. It is surrounded by the graves of nearly one hundred black military veterans of both the Civil and Spanish American Wars. The monument is located in the West Point section of the city's Elmwood Cemetery. James Fuller, a former slave and Norfolk's first African-American councilman, was responsible for having the statue erected in 1909.

Geographical and Contact Information

238 East Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, Virginia
23510
Phone: 757-664-6620
Fax: 757-622-3663

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “West Point Monument Honoring William Carney in the Elmwood Cemetery,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed July 27, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/480.

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