Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
There are no records that document the number of enslaved or free African-Americans who are buried in this cemetery. From oral histories and a handful of early 19th-century visitor accounts, estimates range from 100-150 people. Among those individuals thought to be interred here is William Lee, George Washington's personal servant during the Revolutionary War, who was granted freedom and an annuity in Washington's will. In 2014, a multi-year archaeological survey began in order to better understand the cemetery's size and organization, and to find out how many people were laid to rest on this hilltop. No human remains are disturbed in this process.
Location. 38° 42.363′ N, 77° 5.344′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (here, next to this marker); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial (here, next to this Slavery at Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Slavery at Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb of Washington (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Vault (about 800 feet away); Powel Coach (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Also see . . .
1. George Washington's Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (Submitted on January 16, 2018.)
2. Forgotten No Longer. Archaeology at the Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery. George Washington's Mount Vernon. (Submitted on January 17, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.