Pensacola, Florida: Chappie's First Steps: Famous General

A memorial to Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, the first African-American four-star general, includes the concrete steps on which he first learned to walk, engraved "Chappie's First Steps."
Address:
1606 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Pensacola, FL
Directions:
Just north of downtown, on MLK Drive/Hwy 291, which is just east of I-110. It's on the east side of MLK Drive, one house north of its intersection with Moreno St. You'll see the steps; the monument is behind them, set back from the street.
Admission:
Free
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Chappie's First Steps.

General Daniel "Chappie" James Memorial Plaza

Daniel "Chappie" James Jr was the first African-American four-star general. He was an Air Force pilot and a Tuskegee Airman. He saw combat in Korea and Vietnam. His mother opened Pensacola's first African-American school on the site of the Memorial Plaza. I had the pleasure of meeting General James; he was an impressive man.

[Jon York, 02/02/2014]

The plaza includes his birthplace house, a granite memorial laser-etched with his likeness, and the enshrined "Chappie's First Steps," the weather-stained concrete stoop that is all that remains of the school run by his mom.

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