Friday, January 15th, 2021


Remembering and honoring patriots

Descendants of Afro-Norfolk County Area Civil War Patriot Heroes recently gathered at the Unknown and Known Afro-Union Civil War Soldiers Memorial for the 11th Annual Afro-Union Veteran's Day Salute.

From left: Robert Johnson, Jr. (Great-Great Grandson of Pvt. John Rand, 37th U.S.C.T. Infantry Regiment), Gloria Alexander Gorum (Great-Great Grand Niece of Pvt. Daniel Corprew, 1st U.S.C.T. Cavalry Regiment), Kelvin Hawkins (Great-Great-Great Grand Nephew, Pvt. Lemuel Babb, 1st U.S.C.T. Cavalry Regiment), Ruth Alexander Lewis (Great Grand Daughter, Sgt. March Corprew, 2nd U.S.C.T. Cavalry Regiment), and Clarence Locker (Grandson of Pvt. Jeremiah Locker, 1st U.S.C.T. Cavalry Regiment.

Undersheriff Col. Jim O'Sullivan presented a Letter of Recognition on behalf of Sheriff John R. Newhart to Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, the Officer-in-Charge of the United States Colored Troops Descendants

From left: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander; Diana Williams, representing Congressman J. Randy Forbes; The Honorable Fay W. Mitchell, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Chesapeake; The Honorable John Cosgrove and Undersheriff Jim O'Sullivan, representing Sheriff John R. Newhart

Chaplain Wanza Snead, left, and Adjutant Barbara E. Alexander, United States Colored Troops Descendants, read letters of support and proclamation from Mayors Alan Krasnoff of Chesapeake, Paul Fraim of Norfolk and McKinley Price of Newport News citing Afro-Norfolk County Area Patriot Heroes Day in their respective cities. Letters of support were also received from Chesapeake Commissioner of Revenue Ray A. Conner, Sheriff John R. Newhart and Congressman J. Randy Forbes.