Sunday, December 05, 2021
Leaders Honored For Efforts That Reopened SJAFB (PHOTO GALLERY)

Leaders Honored For Efforts That Reopened SJAFB (PHOTO GALLERY)

65 years ago, local leaders were successful in their efforts to reactivate Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

Thursday afternoon, a new memorial marker was dedicated honoring Mayor Scott B. Berkeley, Sr., Committee Chairman John D. “Booty” Lewis, Sr., and Congressman Graham A. Barden for their work to get the Air Force base reopened.

After its establishment at the onset of the United States’ entry into WWII, Seymour Johnson was deactivated in 1946.

During Thursday’s dedication event, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce President Kate Daniels said, fortunately, the base was reactivated April 1st, 1956, thanks to the efforts of those forward-thinking community leaders.

The new marker is located at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of E. Walnut Street and N. William Street in Downtown Goldsboro.