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January 21, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Time Details:
Ceremony will be indoors because of cold weather forecast.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
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Dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. and Hampton Heroes Memorial Plaza

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Martin Luther King Jr. and Hampton Heroes Memorial Plaza at the Hampton Roads Convention Center will be dedicated Jan. 21. The panels will honor those who worked to accomplish social change and justice in Hampton. The local names will be near a coordinating panel honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The ceremony will be indoors because of the cold weather forecast.

In this inaugural year, Hampton Heroes will tell four stories of pivotal times in Hampton’s history – and honor the contributions of some of the most influential people in those stories:
  • Contrabands - Enslaved Journey to Freedom: Frank Baker,  Shepard Mallory,  James Townsend, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, James A. Fields, George Washington Fields, Mary S. Peake, William Roscoe Davis, and Gerri L. Hollins.
  • Hidden Figures: Katherine G. Johnson, Mary W. Jackson, Dr. Christine M. Darden, Dorothy J. Vaughan, Miriam D. Mann, T. Melvin Butler, and Margot Lee Shetterly.
  • Public School Integration: State Sen. Hunter B. Andrews, C. Alton Lindsay, Dr. Jerome H. Holland, Robert A. Rice, Del. Dr. Mary T. Christian, Mary E. Johnson, and William M. Cooper.
  • Founding of Hampton Institute: Gen. Samuel C. Armstrong, the Rev. George Whipple, the Rev. Lewis C. Lockwood, Booker T. Washington, and Robert Russa Moton.