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1606 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Pensacola, FL

This home is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Not only was this the childhood home of Chappie James, it also served as a place where African-American children went for tutoring services.


Later, Lillie Ann James, Chappie James' mother, opened a small school directly behind their home to help educate children in the community. As enrollment grew, the James' purchased the home next to their original home. 


The James' home was the epicenter of education for the community. 


This historical museum will showcase the life of General Daniel “Chappie” James, highlighting his life and accomplishments.  The keys to his success are intended for young students and visitors alike.  Born and raised in Pensacola, educated at his mother’s school, he graduated from Washington High School and attended Tuskegee Institute where he became one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen and served in the 99th Squadron.  General James’ life is a role model for students as they study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The museum interactive center will focus on discipline, teamwork, self-esteem and confidence, all essential to good leadership.

Rendering of the museum

This museum funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs

The Chappie James Museum is the result of a partnership between the Eastside Neighborhood Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency--City of Pensacola

Our mission is to establish for the benefit of the public, a museum commemorating the life and accomplishments of USAF General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of related historical memorabilia, exhibitions, lectures, classes, programs, and activities that illustrate his lifelong achievements.

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