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1st Annual James E. Fuller memorial service

West Point Monument

(Elmwood Cemetery)

238 E. Princess Anne Rd.

Norfolk, VA 23510

Rising Sun Lodge #2 spearheaded the public event held on April 29, 2007 with the assistance of the 1st Masonic District Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.  This event celebrated the legacy of James E. Fuller, a great man who contributed to the city of Norfolk and to the black soldiers and sailors of the Civil & Spanish/American War at the West Point Monument located in the West Point section of Elmwood Cemetery. In 1886, black City Council­man and Union Civil War veteran James E Fuller per­suaded Norfolk to dedicate a section of the cemetery for the burial of black Union veterans. There were several lodges in attendance along with 7 Grand Lodge officers: MWGM Vaughan, DDGM Chadwick, DDGM Carter, ADDGM Davis, ADDGM Staples, WGM McAllister, and WGP Spence) and 1 Grand Chapter officer: (Grand Chaplain McAllister).  Rising Sun had approximately 21 members present out of a total of 55. The memorial service was publicized in the Virginian Pilot newspaper on 04/27/07, aired on WAVY TV 10 local news coverage on 04/29/07 at 6:00pm, and in the New Journal & Guide newspaper on 05/03/07.  Below are a couple of photos from the event.  This successful event was planned by notable brothers of Rising Sun Lodge #2; Bro. James Powers, Bro. Willie Johnson, and Bro. Willie Packer. When you see these brothers, please acknowledge their hard work and success. And of course, this event would not have been as successful without your participation.

Rising Sun members present: WM, SW Ronald Keyes, JW Albert Bradley, PM J. Edward Shields Sr., PM Leo Gray, PM Cliss Bynum, PM Michael Coffey, PM Alvin Stanley, PM William Johnson, PM Bobby Waldo, PM Andrew Person, *(PM Milton Lee), Bro. James Powers, Bro. Willie Packer, Bro. Willie Johnson, Bro. Anderson Benson, Bro. Brian Gay, Bro. Renard Jenkins, Bro. Ervin Pond, Bro. Sharafail Thompson, Bro. James Burrwell, Bro. Albert Moore Jr.,

Dr. E. Curtis Alexander (Speaker)


Brethren of the craft assembled

Annual James E. Fuller Memorial Service

March 14, 2020

at the

African American Civil War Veterans Memorial

In Attendance 

Most Worshipful Grand Master

Honorable Richard Townes

Averett Union Lodge #235

Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master

Donald S. Wilson 

Campbell Lodge #67

District Deputy

Alton Miles

Norfolk New Light #196

Assistant District Deputy

 Mike Wilson

Rising Sun Lodge #2

Assistant District Deputy

James Arrington

Norfolk New Light#196

Assistant Grand Photographer

James Clinton 

Norfolk New Light #196


Mixtures of Brothers & Past Masters from the Prince Hall Family

Special thanks to Susan Platt from Parks and Open Spaces Cemetery Devision

Guest Speaker

Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Ph.D.

Cassandra Newby-Alexander is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, professor of
history, and director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University.

Her book publications include Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad (2017),
An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads (2010), co-authored Black
America Series: Portsmouth (2003), Hampton Roads: Remembering Our Schools (2009), and co-edited Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy (2008).

Dr. Newby-Alexander has appeared on a number of national programs and documentaries
including PBS’s Many Rivers to Cross, the History Channel’s Race, Slavery and the Civil War, and C-SPAN’s broadcasts on history.

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