Historical Significance Thousands of African Americans who died in Portsmouth throughout the 19th century and until 1960 are buried in Fisher's Hill Cemetery, including I.C. Norcom, Jeffry Wilson, Ida Barbour, and many others whose impact on the…

Historical Significance Fairview Cemetery was founded in 1869 by Mount Zion Baptist Church and Augusta Street United Methodist Church. In the mid-19th century the cemetery was located outside of the Staunton City limits in the heart of an…

Historical Significance In 1873 the Daughters of Zion, an all female African-American society, created a two-acre independent plot across from the Oakwood Cemetery (the second oldest public cemetery in Charlottesville). The Daughters of Zion…

Historical Significance The health of the destitute "contrabands" - southern slaves liberated by Union forces during the Civil War - who poured into Alexandria starting in 1861 was precarious. By 1864 at least 1,200 individuals had died, taxing the…

Historical Significance The Burris Cemetery lay behind the Burris family house in Eastville. Many years ago this area was called Burristown. The house was built in the 1860's by Reverend Caleb James Burris, the first black ordained minister on the…

Historical Significance The Black Baptist Cemetery--now part of the African American Heritage Park-- was created in 1885 by the Silver Leaf ("Colored") Society of Alexandria, one of the many burial associations formed by African Americans in the…

Arthur Ashe (10 July 1943 - 6 February 1993), a Richmond native, came of age during a time when segregation was standard in Virginia daily life. As a youth, Ashe was barred from playing tennis at the city’s segregated public parks. Ashe learned to…

Historical Significance African American soldiers who served in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War (portrayed in the movie "Glory") are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in and around Section 27. More than…

Historical Significance More than 229 black Civil War soldiers are buried in Alexandria National Cemetery. Originally named Soldiers' Cemetery, the graveyard is one of several national cemeteries built in 1862 to accommodate the war dead.…

Historical Significance The African American Heritage Park opened in 1995 as a satellite of the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, located at 638 Alfred St. The memorial sculptures in the park are the creation of Washington, D.C. sculptor…