Mcarthur Memorial



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The Douglas MacArthur memorial functions as a museum which presents the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Additionally, the MacArthur Memorial pays tribute to the millions of women and men who served in the military with him during two World Wars and the Korean War.

General MacArthur's memorial is located in the downtown area of Norfolk, Virginia, spanning two complete floors of the Old City Hall and a new addition that fronts MacArthur Plaza. The complex contains the museum, a research center, an education center, an archival area and a theatre. General MacArthur's memorial includes his papers and other items, such as his Purple Heart and Medal of Honor, which were donated by either him or his family. These papers and items are exhibited in context to the event in which they were used or General MacArthur was involved. The MacArthur Memorial is also the internment sight of both General MacArthur and his wife, Jean Faircloth MacArthur, who lived to be almost 102 years old.

Some of the most interesting parts of the MacArthur Memorial are the murals. In 1963, the City of Norfolk, Virginia, partnered with the Abbey Mural Trust Fund to provide the museum with murals, which were to be painted by renowned muralist, Morton Roberts. He was hired to prepare sketches and ultimately paint the murals. However, Roberts, at the young age of 37, died suddenly the next year without ever having completed any of the murals. The National Academy of Design selected Alton S. Tobey, a contributor of drawings to Life magazine, to complete the murals using Roberts' sketches. In addition to the sketches, Tobey used over two-thousand slides from the State Department for references from which he painted more than a hundred portraits of actual people that were involved in various events depicted by the murals.

Douglas MacArthur's memorial is located at 198 Bank Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510. Admission to the Memorial is free, and it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Memorial is closed on Monday.