The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) is a military veteran's organization, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The first African American Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1949.
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National Montford Point Marine Association Museum and Monument

Donations of Artifacts, Photographs, and Archival Materials:

The mission of the MPMA Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects of interest to the history of Montford Point and the Marine Corps. To accomplish this goal, the Museum and Monument acquires a wide variety of artifacts and historic materials for use in exhibits, as reference materials, and to assist in the conduct of original research on Marine Corps history. The Museum and Monument follows the ethical guidelines for acquiring artifacts established by the American Association of Museums (AAM).

Historic Artifacts: The Museum collects three-dimensional artifacts (for example: vehicles, uniforms, weapons, personal effects, etc.) in a selective and responsible manner. The Museum will accept only those items that the Museum can utilize and has the resources to professionally care for.

If you have artifacts that you would like to donate to the Museum, please contact Mr. Finney Greggs, Director of the MPMA Museum or fill out and return a Donation Information

Form to:
MPMA Museum
ATTN: Mr. Finney Greggs
PO Box 7222
Jacksonville, NC 28541


Monument Project: The Montford Point Marine Monument proposed by the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. (MPMA) is currently under development, and scheduled to break ground in early 2011.To construct a fitting memorial to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who fought for the "Right to Fight” and to educate and inspire youth and Marines (Past / Present / Future) and instill the value of perseverance.

If you have any questions please contact the Monument Director Mr. Houston T. Shinal or Contact us via this link (Montford Point Marine Monument Project)


Photographs and Archival Materials:
Original documents are crucial to the mission of the Museum. Museum curators and researchers utilize photographs, personal papers and correspondence, official records, log books, etc. as part of the research required to prepare new exhibits and to prepare new publications. Archival materials of this kind are housed at the Montford Point Camp in the East Wing of building M101, Marine Corps Base, Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, Jacksonville, NC.

To view the monument design Proposal plese visit the The MPMA Memorial Web Site at

If you have any photographs, letters, official records, log books, etc., and wish to donate them to the MPMA Museum Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, please email Montford Point Museum for arraigments and mailing or Click here to fill out an application.


Please do not bring any artifacts, photographs, or other archival materials to the museum without first completing a Donation Information Form and speaking with a Museum representative. The National Museum of the Marine Corps will NOT be responsible for any items left at the Museum without prior approval of a Museum staff member.



Below you will find three Fund Projects

Make a cotribution to the fund project of your choice, its fast secure and easy to use. Your contribution will help preserve the history and legacy of those African American Marines whom paved the way for all.

By placing your contribution, the Montford Point Marine Association will Educate & Inspire generations of Americans for years to come.

Your tax deductible donation will further go a long way in helping us to also complete the Montford Point Memorial.


Montford Point Marine Association is a 501 (c) (19) non-profit veterans organization.  The Association is not financially supported by any university or governmental agency.


National Montford Point Marine General Fund Project


National Montford Point Monument Fund Project



National Montford Point Museum Fund Project



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During a demonstration while training at Montford Point, Cpl Arvin L. "Tony" Ghazlo, instructor in unarmed combat, disarms his assistant, PFC Ernest Jones. National Archives Photo 127-N-5334
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