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William Henry Lewis WY-107 | Marker History

William Henry Lewis Marker, WY-107

William Henry Lewis, a lawyer and football player, was the first African American named as an All-American in football. Born near here in Berkley, Virginia, he first attended college at Virginia Normal Institute (now Virginia State University). Lewis transferred to Amherst College and after graduation attended Harvard Law where he played football for two years, and became an assistant coach for the Harvard team, maintaining that role for 12 seasons. Lewis authored two books and several articles on sports. In 1930, Lewis became the first African American to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court alone and win.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/18/09
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Norfolk
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Norfolk
GPS Location: 36.83167,-76.28417
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