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.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Norfolk
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Norfolk
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