Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This is the home of Sylvester Suzy, located at 119 Cleveland Avenue.
Sylvester was born in 1839 in Ontario County, New York. He joined the 8th USCT in 1863 and at the end of the war, came to live in Ithaca where he married and bought a home. For many years, Suzy headed local veterans parades as the eldest living veteran of the Civil War. Nearby, there were a number of other African American men who had served in the war. He found work in Ithaca as a hotel porter and a barber, while his wife, Lucy, worked as a hair dresser.
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Southside Loop