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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Negro Burial Ground

 
 
Old Negro Burial Ground Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
1. Old Negro Burial Ground Marker
Inscription. The land beyond this tunnel was once part of a cemetery for slaves and poor free blacks. The exact size and shape is unknown as is the number of persons once interred. What happened to their remains is a mystery as well.

This was also the site of the city hanging grounds. Slave rebellion leader Gabriel Prosser was executed here. Several stones from the gallows platform were used in the construction of the Broad St. overpass. You can see them on the other side of the tunnel, to your right. They are the largest blocks in the wall.
 
Erected by James River Park Fund.
 
Location. 37° 32.226′ N, 77° 25.673′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Marshall Street 0.1 miles west of North 16th Street. Click for map. The marker is located in a tunnel underneath Broad St. The burial grounds site is in the parking lot south of E Marshall St. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Execution of Gabriel (a few steps from this marker); Lumpkin's Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richmondís African Burial Ground (about 300
Tunnel underneath Broad Street Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
2. Tunnel underneath Broad Street
feet away); First African Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named First African Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Monumental Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Virginia Convention of 1788 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial Terrace (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Burial Gounds for Negroes - Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Hidden Things Brought to Light: Finding Lumpkin's Jail and Locating the Burial Ground for Negroes. Virginia Historical Society - Lectures Online (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Site of the city gallows or "hanging grounds". Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 18, 2010
3. Site of the city gallows or "hanging grounds".
Stones from the gallows platform were used in the construction of the Broad Street overpass. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 18, 2010
4. Stones from the gallows platform were used in the construction of the Broad Street overpass.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,823 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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