Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James

Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr was born in Pensacola, on February 11, 1920, one-hundred years ago today. Capping an extraordinary military career, James became the first African-American to reach the rank of four-star general. In observance of Black History Month and in honor of the anniversary of  James' 100th birthday, WUWF looks at his remarkable life and legacy.

Daniel James Jr. was the youngest of 17 children born to Lillie (Brown) and Daniel James Sr.

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The Chappie James Museum is preparing to host its annual observance of the birthday of General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. This year marks the anniversary of the 100th birthday of the Pensacola native, who became the nation’s first African-American four-star general.  

The local celebration honoring Gen. James is set for Feb. 9.

Florida Department of Transportation

Time is running out for area residents to weigh in with their suggestions for naming the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. The joint naming committee, formed by Escambia County and the City of Gulf Breeze, will be taking suggestions until the close of business this Monday, June 3.

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For the past few months, a citizen’s group has been ramping up their appeal for legislation to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge in honor of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.  

While the proposal has been gaining momentum, it doesn’t yet have the unanimous support needed to move forward this year.

But, backers are undeterred.

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Pensacola native Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. rose to become the nation’s first African American four-star general. Now, the property where he grew up is now home to a museum and flight academy honoring his legacy.