Montford Point Marines National Museum  

Camp Johnson NC, Next To Camp Lejeune, NC 

The Montford Point Marines Museum is housed on the hollow grounds of Montford Point Camp in the East Wing of building M101, Marine Corps Base, Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, Jacksonville, NC. The director of the Museums is Mr. Finney Greggs.

The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 2:00pm, 4:00pm to 7:00 pm. Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call (910) 450-0191 to schedule viewing for groups. Staff on call for out of town visitors

The Montford Point Marine Museum was established to preserve the legacy of the Montford Point Marines. To collect, record, preserve and display, in a museum setting for public education and viewing, the largest collection of photographs, documents, papers, and artifacts, forever capturing the unique history of African American Marines from 1942 to 1949, this is our primary mission.  

In additional to the museum primary mission, the role of the museum is to display memories of the past and show the public how significant those experiences have influenced events of today, for the next generation. 

The acquisition committee of Montford Point Museum is currently seeking material for future displays. The first phase of the program is to seek specific material from WWII era Montford Point Marines and their families. Items include but are not limited to: photographs, diaries, personal and military objects, and other materials that reflect the lives, actions, and memories of original Montford Point Marines. Only items that spanned the specific years of c.1942-1949 are needed for phase one.

If you have material that is needed for phase one there are two ways of contributing those items. The first way is as a permanent gift, and the second way is as a short term or long term loan. In all cases material will be handled with care, protection, and above all else with respect. Items gathered during these drives will be used by the museum and will be made available to historians, researchers, and the general public for the advancement of historical preservation and awareness. 

The Marines of Montford Point entered through its main gate as mere men of color, who had pride, courage and dedication. During the 1940s these men traveled a road that was not paved. They graduated to become Marines and brought the American people and the U.S. Marine Corps into a new era. Today many of the Marines who traveled through this groundbreaking period of American and Marine Corps history have contributed their life's successes to the pain, sacrifices, and rewards that were earned at Montford Point.

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The Montford Point Marines
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1942-1949
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The men served in all-black units, mostly in the
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In 1965
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The integration of the American military
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In 1942, Montford Point Camp was established
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In 1949, President Truman signed
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The Montford Point Marines are often hailed
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In 1965, a reunion of Marines was held in Philadelphia
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The Montford Point Marine Association maintains a
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James E. "Jimmy" Stewart, Sr., president of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, NAACP was responsible for Alfred Masters the first black sworn in the USMC
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Howard Perry first marine in camp On August 26th,1942
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Ivan R. Elmore 1944 Band leader
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Presidential Unit Citation
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Luther Woodward
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"Uncommon valor was a common virtue."
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largest number of Black Marines in combat
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PFC Frederick C. Branch
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Occupational campaign 1946-Last Recruit Platoons
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Executive Order #9981, 1948
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Secretary of Navy Francis P. Matthews 1949
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Montford Point Camp was deactivated
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During the American Revolution
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The sum of $750,000
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Recruiting was to begin on 1 June 1942.
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When recruiting opened on 1, 1942 June, the first men to enlist were
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The Camp Opens On 18 August 1942
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The camp look like this
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Charles F. Anderson, first black sergeant major
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Senior bayonet and unarmed combat instructor

 JAMES E STEWART JR PRESIDENT

JOHN TILLMAN VICE PRESIDENT

Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD

 

5708 CHRIS MAR AVE
CLINTON MARYLAND, 20735
240-535-5580
oklamarine@aol.com
 
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