Lieutenant Lewis Westcott
Gravesite Recently Rediscovered
The gravesite of Lieutenant (Lt) Lewis Westcott, Coast Guard, was recently rediscovered at Loblolly Estate in Jarvisburg, North Carolina. Lt. Wescott was the Officer-in-Charge of Station Pea Island when the U.S. Life-Saving Service merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to create the Coast Guard, making Wescott the first African American and African American officer to command a Coast Guard shore facility.
He served from September 27, 1900, and served until 1916. The Coast Guard lost track of Lt. Westcott and was very excited with this discovery.
This site is not open to the public for tours.
For more information visit the African American Experience of Northeastern North Carolina website.