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Wythe in Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Greenlawn Cemetery

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
1. Greenlawn Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Developed by the Newport News Cemetery Corporation in 1888. 50 acres were laid out at the convergence of Mill Dam Creek and Salters Creek to serve as the new town's first public cemetery. Its landscape with five miles of serpentine roads reflects the 19th century park style of cemetery which gradually replaced family farm and church graveyards. Within the central core are interred many of the community's pioneer citizens. In 1900, a 25' obelisk was erected to mark the mass grave of 163 Confederate POWs who died in 1865 at nearby Camp Butler. One quadrant of the park is dedicated to Greek citizens. Adjacent to Greenlawn is Pleasant Shade where many notable African American citizens have been laid to rest. There have been approximately 20,000 burials in the memorial park, which features distinctive examples of Victorian cemetery art and a 1936 Sears catalogue home as the office building. In 1999, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by City of Newport News, Virginia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Greenlawn Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
2. Greenlawn Cemetery Marker
ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Corporation of Newport News series list.
 
Location. 36° 59.5′ N, 76° 24.082′ W. Marker is in Wythe in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Parish Avenue just north of 28th Street (Virginia Route 143), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1445 28th St, Newport News VA 23607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Newsome House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Newsome House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Winfield-Jones House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Brown Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Dead (approx. ¼ mile away); Newport News POW Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pearl Bailey (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wythe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Mar. 6, 2021