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Harrisonburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Newtown Cemetery

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
1. Newtown Cemetery Marker
Inscription. African Americans established the community of Newtown in this area after the Civil War. In 1869 five trustees purchased land here for a cemetery open to "all persons of color." By 1920 the cemetery had expanded three times to accommodate Harrisonburg's growing African American population. Among the nearly 1,000 burials, some unmarked, are Civil War-era United States Colored Troops and veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Also interred here are Harrisonburg's first African American city council member and several noted educators, including Lucy F. Simms. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2015 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-124.)
 
Location. 38° 27.212′ N, 78° 51.479′ W. Marker is in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Kelley Street and Hill Street, on the right when traveling east on Kelley Street. Touch for map. Located adjacent to the Newtown Cemetery itself. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisonburg VA 22802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edgar Amos Love (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodbine Cemetery
Newtown Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
2. Newtown Cemetery Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Woodbine Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Court Square & Springhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harrisonburg (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Big Spring (approx. 0.7 miles away); McNeill’s Rangers (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisonburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Newtown Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
3. Newtown Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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