Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Barton Heights Cemeteries
Erected 1998 by The Burying Ground Preservation Society of Virginia, Inc. (Marker Number SA-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 37° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shockoe Hill Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); "The Great Chief Justice" (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Shockoe Hill Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Union POW Memorial (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Shockoe Hill Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Hebrew Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Brown's Island Disaster (approx. half a mile away); Bacon’s Quarter (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. Erected June 1st 1998 during the Whit-Monday Celebration at the cemeteries. These cemeteries are owned by the City of Richmond. Six separate cemeteries make up the 12 acre lot.
Regarding Barton Heights Cemeteries. Free men and women of color, from the early 1800’s and ex-slaves whose accomplishments became successful in businesses. They were Richmond’s first black bankers, educators, doctors, lawyers, council members and soldiers. They helped rebuild Richmond to become one of the top four cities in the south during Reconstruction. They were proud, very religious, strong in their beliefs, and powerful in praising their God. Freedom
In June, 1865, Richmond’s freedmen visited President Andrew Jackson to address barbarities by the military, the police and the opening of schools.
The first revived Whit-Monday Celebration was held, June 1st, 1998. It has continued to be celebrated to date. This re-enactment consists of a mini tour, tribute to Soldiers, (Civil War, Spanish American, World War I & II), and short program.
Whit-Monday—the day after Whit-Sunday—is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Whit-Monday was celebrated in the Barton Heights community in the 1800’s by holding memorial ceremonies on the cemetery grounds. These ceremonies included parades, music, prayers and speeches by prominent citizens.
The cemeteries were placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register on June 13, 2001, and were included on the National Register of Historic Places April 10, 2002. DHR File # 127-5679.
The Burying Ground Preservation Society of Virginia, Incorporated May 7, 1998, are a group of researchers of genealogy that are concerned about the condition of inactive cemeteries. We are a non-profit organization formed to capture our past and to insure its rich history from extinction and being forgotten.
Additional keywords. Free people
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