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

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."

1606 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Pensacola, FL
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.
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Chappie's First Steps, 1920.

Chappie's First Steps: Famous General

This is an easy drive-up RA. You can see the steps and the monuments without going into the museum. They have a historical marker explaining the steps and more about General Chappie.

[EC, 03/09/2024]

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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