Seashore State Park at Cape Henry, now known as First Landing State Park, was built by an all African American regiment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal-era relief program that employed young men ages 17 to 25. The CCC program provided food, clothing, medical care, and educational opportunities for men caught in the financial turmoil of the Great Depression. Company 1371 constructed more than 20 miles of trails, drained the marsh, built cabins, and planted a wide variety of trees and shrubs. In 1944, the CCC disbanded in response to recuitment efforts for WWII.
Year On Marker: 2008
Original Sponsor: Virginia State Parks
Geographic Location: Virginia Beach
Physical Description of Location: Marker is in Seashore State Park, adjacent to main parking lot, 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
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