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Sinister Activities

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Sinister Activities Marker
Inscription.  Sinister Activities had been rumored in 1897, but great alarm spread among both Negro and White citizens when it was discovered that the body of a young woman, Ella Jamieson, supposed to be buried in Potter's Field, was instead being shipped to the University of Virginia for medical research. Arrests were made and charges resolved, but citizens still gathered at night to watch over their dead and many others demanded that graves be opened to prove bodies had not been removed.

After a period of months, calm eventually returned.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
 
Location. 37° 24.957′ N, 79° 9.482′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pest House Medical Museum (a few steps from this marker); The Old Brick Wall (a few steps from this marker); Old City Cemetery (a few steps
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
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from this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravestone Style & Material (within shouting distance of this marker); Julia Whiteley Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravestone Carvers in the Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden. (Submitted on May 28, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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