James A. Fields House

James A. Fields House (HM6TL)

Location: Newport News, VA 23607
Country: United States of America

N 36° 58.982', W 76° 25.28'

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James A. Fields acquired this late-Victorian Italianate-style brick house in 1893. Fields, born into slavery in Hanover County, escaped in 1862 and became a contraband of war. He graduated in 1871 from what is now Hampton University and taught school. After receiving a law degree from Howard University in 1882, Fields served as the commonwealth's attorney for Warwick County in 1887 and represented the region in the House of Delegates (1889-1890). After Field's death in 1903, four doctors acquired the house in 1908 and it functioned as Newport News' first black hospital. Eventually the hospital became known as Whittaker Memorial Hospital at another site.
HM NumberHM6TL
Marker NumberW 77
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 373503 N 4093934
Decimal Degrees36.98303333, -76.42133333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 58.982', W 76° 25.28'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 58' 58.92" N, 76° 25' 16.80" W
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Area Code(s)804, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 VA-143, Newport News VA 23607, US
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