Jan. 11, 2024 — Mayor Donnie Tuck announced the honorees for this year's Hampton Heroes ceremony, which will be held Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Hampton Heroes and Dr. Martin Luther King Plaza recognizes Dr. King for his incredible contributions to justice, equal rights, peace, and service that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. It also honors people who have contributed to Hampton in ways that honor the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.
This year, some of the people who built and sustained the historic neighborhood of Aberdeen Gardens will be named Heroes. The list includes:
- Arthur Howe, who submitted the proposal for Aberdeen Gardens to the federal government
- Hilyard R. Robinson, the Black architect who designed the neighborhood homes
- William R. Walker, Jr., the community manager of Aberdeen Gardens
- Evelyn D. Chandler, a key leader in obtaining the neighborhood’s historic designation
- Roosevelt Wilson, leader of Aberdeen Gardens groups in the 1980s and ‘90s
- Claude Vann Jr., who assisted in the restoration of the Aberdeen Gardens Museum complex
- Claude Vann III., who continued his father’s and grandfather’s legacy as an Aberdeen leader
- Margaret Wilson, who shares Aberdeen’s stories locally and nationally to keep the history alive
Former Councilman Will Moffett, a neighborhood and city leader who championed the Y.H. Thomas Neighborhood Center and services for young people will be honored under the category Modern-Era Trailblazers in Public Service.
The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in the lobby of the Hampton Roads Convention Center. After the indoor presentations, guests will be invited to view the unveiling of the new names. The event is free and open to the public.