Built in 1909, the memorial is the South's unique tribute to African-American veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The soldier depicted on the monument is Norfolk native Sgt. William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. Carney was the first black soldier to receive Medal of Honor for his bravery. The 1989 movie, ''Glory'' is based on the slave-born Norfolk native, whose regiment led the assault on Fort Wagner, S.C.
Nearly 100 African-American veterans are laid to rest in the West Point Cemetery -- this historic section of the once segregated Elmwood Cemetery. Laid at the base of the Carney monument, white marble tombstones bear the names of black soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War or Spanish-American War.
West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery
238 Princess Anne Road