Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Burying Ground – For Colored Paupers
The Garden of Lilies
In 1896 William Forrester stepped down as president of this cemetery, and Thomas Crumpler was elected president. Six acres of the cemetery that included grave sites were sold to Mr. Bauer of Henrico County to cover the debt on the cemetery. Finding the land uninhabitable for any other purposes, the property was re-sold to the City of Richmond and re-named the Colored Paupers’ Cemetery.
Between 1895 and 1896, many infants and children between the ages of 3 and 12 throughout the area died as a result of poor nutrition and childhood diseases. According to early reports of the cemetery superintendent more than 500 infants and children, many of whom resided in the city streets, orphanages, asylums, and hospitals were laid to rest here.
By the 1970s the cemetery was all but forgotten and was consumed by trees and vegetation.
Location. 37° 32.198′ N, 77° 23.383′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Stony Run Parkway 0.4 miles north of East Richmond Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. There is a small pull off on the shoulder of the road just north of the creek crossing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1704-1746 Stony Run Pkwy, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery Confederate Section (approx. 0.4 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nine Mile Road (approx. half a mile away); Dabbs House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Dabb House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 1.3 miles away); Chimborazo Hospital (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by Eric Huffstutler of Richmond, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.