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Alva Benjamin Johnson

Updated: May 30, 2023

Alva Benjamin Johnson is one of at least a dozen African American servicemen buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. From teaching at the historic Storer College to his Navy service, Alva’s life was one of serving causes greater than himself, pursuing the “great task” of which Lincoln spoke in his famed Gettysburg Address. Join Park Ranger Dan Vermilya for Alva’s story.



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