Ellsberry Park

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Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park is a small park located between Finley Avenue and Finley Boulevard in Possum Valley north of downtown Birmingham.

Birmingham Times vice-president Helen Lewis made the creation of a recreational park for African American youth a priority. She solicited the donation of land in ACIPCO-Finley and petitioned Mayor George Seibels to have it dedicated as a public park.

In 1979 the park was named in honor of Julius Ellsberry, the first American to die in the Pacific in World War II.


  • Garrison, Greg (September 23, 2016) "Ex-Birmingham Times VP backed city park, civic causes." The Birmingham News

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