Sylvester Suzy Home

HistoryForge Day 2017: Connecting the Generations

Sylvester Suzy Home

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Point of Interest Details

The residence at 119 Cleveland Avenue was once the home of Sylvester Suzy.

Suzy was born in 1839 in Ontario County, New York. He joined the 8th United States Colored Troop (USCT) in 1863. At the end of the Civil War, he came to live in Ithaca, where he married and bought a home. For many years, Suzy headed local veterans parades as the oldest living veteran of the Civil War. He found work in Ithaca as a hotel porter and a barber, while his wife, Lucy, worked as a hairdresser.

The veterans' monument at the nearby St. James AME Zion Church honors Sylvester Suzy and other African American soldiers from the Southside neighborhood who fought in the Civil War.


Building Type: Residence

Construction: Two-story wood structure with wood lining

Annotations - Year built unknown. Building exists on 1910 Sanborn.

Block Number - 132

Residents in 1910

Name Sex Age Relation Profession

Helen A. Henry F 70 Sister None

Irene Suzey F 68 Head Hairdresser

This point of interest is part of the tour: HistoryForge Day 2017: Connecting the Generations


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