This monument was erected by the Board of Directors of Stratford Hall in 1953. The reference to "those negroes who served Stratford so faithfully" reflects the attitude of the time shown by upper and middle class whites to former slaves and their descendants.
The cemetery is the final resting place for many African Americans, including members of the Payne family, whose association with Stratford Hall dates back to the early 19th century and possibly to the period when Stratford was owned by the Lees. Wesley Payne (1875 1954), who continued to work at Stratford Hall after its acquisition by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation in 1929, provided names of some family members interred here:
Walter Payne (uncle)*
Hannah Jackson Payne (mother), c. 1845 1886
Ardrick [Theodorick] Payne (brother), 1868 before 1880
Lal [Lawrence] Payne (brother), 1879 1883
Wesley Payne (great-grandfather)
Ardrick [Theodorick] Payne (great-uncle)
William Payne (great-uncle)
Walter Payne (great-uncle)
Hannah Payne (infant sister) 1886 1886
*Parentheses indicate each family member's
William Wesley Payne (1875-1954), son of William "Bill" and Hannah Jackson Payne, spent all but four years of his life at Stratford Hall. He is buried in the cemetery at Shiloh Baptist Church near Stratford Hall's entrance gate.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1953.
Location. 38° 9.094′ N, 76° 50.07′ W. Marker is in Stratford, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Great House Road, 0.7 miles north of Stratford Hall Road. The marker is on the grounds of Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. This historic site is open to the public, for a fee. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stratford VA 22558, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Slave Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); American Indians at Stratford (approx. Ό mile away); Stratford Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oval Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clifts Plantation Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill (approx. Ύ mile away); The Stratford Mill (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stratford.
More about this marker. Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
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