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Re: 1860s Black Cemeteries Richmond, Virginia?

The name of the book is Here I Lay My Burdens Down......a History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia by Veronica A. DAvis. Dietz Press 2003. Interesting book might want to see if you can get on interlibrary loan. Like cemetaries throughout the country many of these cemetaries are in very bad shape and have been abandoned and built over. Elizabeth Khamborian who use to be on Afrigeneas (I haven't seen her posting in a while) is probably much more knowledgeable about what is in Richmond and what records are available.

There were a number of cemeteries in Richmond during that time period.

1. Phoenix Cemetary....founded in 1815 by the Burying Ground Society of Free People of Color...within 80 years the small cemetary would be consumed by neglect. Fortunately, because of the unified efforts of a race, the cemetary, like its namesake would rise again to new life. Phoenix Cemetary was later renamed Cedarwood in 1867.

2. Moore Cemetary 1850......established in Chester, VA..this cemetary is still active and is the family cemetary of VA most prominent Civil Rights Attorney, Oliver Hill.

3. Smith Cemetary...created in 1832 for its former landowner Robert Smith a free black and merchant..burials continued until 1876 when internments in the city limits were prohibited...bodies were reinterred to Maury Cemetary.

There are a number of cemetaries started after the Civil War.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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