Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
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