This fall, Wilmington will play host to another Naval commissioning. This time for the USS Gravely. But who is the man behind the name of the ship?
The late Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., broke racial barriers during his career in the US Navy, which started in World War II. He was the first African-American to hold many ranks all the way up to Vice Admiral.
Though he accomplished much and left behind a huge legacy, Gravely's wife says making history was not what her husband focused on.
"It wasn't something that he dwelled on," Alma Gravely said. "He dwelled on progressing and doing the best that he could and getting as far as he could in the Navy."
To hear more from Alma Gravely about what her husband did to earn the honor of having a Navy destroyer named after him, click on the video link on this page to see our WWAY Black History Month Special Report "Setting a New Course: The Life and Career of Samuel L. Gravely, Jr."
Check out the USS Gravely's website for more on the ship and Vice Admiral Gravely.