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Justin Holland Historical Marker Ceremony
Date: May 2, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Marker Location Map it
George Washington Hwy at Shell Road
Chesapeake, VA
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The Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake will host the unveiling of a historical marker which honors Justin Holland (l819-1887) born in Norfolk County Virginia, a son of free black parents. He was a professional musician, composer, guitarist and teacher. He has been the subject of dissertations as one of the earliest student and writer of classical guitar.

The marker location will be in Chesapeake at George Washington Highway at Shell Road. The Norfolk County Historical Society is holding this ceremony to honor this native son of Norfolk County, and to bring the attention of the public to a significant part of the history of our area.

Justin Holland Historical Marker to be unveiled in Chesapeake. Ceremony on May 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

  • First marker placed for any African American individual in Chesapeake
  • First marker for any person, others are for places or events of historical note.
  • Date approved by Department of Historical Recourses: March 15, 2012
  • Original sponsor: DHR
  • Location: George Washington Highway at Shell Road in Chesapeake, VA

Unveiling ceremony sponsored and arranged by:

  • Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake
  • Support and cooperation of City of Chesapeake

Ceremony presided by Helen Spruill, President Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake.

Program Participants:

  • Mayor William Ward
  • Doctor Samuel Dorsey, Music Professor Norfolk State College
  • Andrew Piland, graduating student Norfolk State College
    • Graduation research requirement on Holland

Origin of marker tribute:
Pam Schenian, DHR original suggestion of topic

Submitted by Lenelle Janis, public relations NCHS of Chesapeake

237 Robert Street
Chesapeake, VA 23322