Robert Lester Blackwell - Roxboro, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 36° 23.611 W 078° 59.042
17S E 680798 N 4029484
Quick Description: Monument honoring local Medal of Honor recipient. Monument is located on the grounds of Person County courthouse in Roxboro, North Carolina.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 6:34:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM7G4B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Long Description:

 Monument inscription:

Robert Lester Blackwell
Born Oct 4, 1895
Son of a Tenant Farmer

On October 11, 1918, near St. Souplet, France his unit Co K 119th INF, 30th DIV. was cut off and faced destruction.  The officer in charge sent a man for help, he sent another and he was killed, he then called for volunteers, Lester tried to get through.  He lost his life.  For this he was awarded the Congressional Meal of Honor.  Sponsored by Lester Blackwell Post 138.

The memorial has a statue Robert Blackwell dressed in a World War I uniform.  The statue is standing on a cube shaped base.  The memorial is located on the grounds of the Person County Courthouse.

Robert Lester Blackwell was a soldier, killed in World War I and awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic action near St. Souplet, France on October 11, 1918.
TITLE: Robert Lester Blackwell

ARTIST(S): Unknown

DATE: Not listed

MEDIUM: Figure: stone; Base: granite

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS NC000196

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Person County Courthouse Main Street Roxboro, North Carolina


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