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Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex

 
 
Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
1. Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker
Inscription. African Americans purchased land about a quarter mile southwest of here in 1879 to establish Mt. Olive Cemetery. The property adjoins a potter’s field thought to be a burial place for victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1855. Later, Mt. Calvary and Fishers Hill Cemeteries were founded nearby, creating a four-cemetery complex. Buried there are many community leaders, including Baptist minister John M. Armistead, educators Ida Barbour and I. C. Norcom, and journalist Jeffrey T. Wilson. Also interred there are formerly enslaved persons, Civil War-era U.S. Colored Troops, late-19th-century elected officials, and veterans of World Wars I and II.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q 8-z.)
 
Location. 36° 49.56′ N, 76° 19.289′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Pulaski Street west of Deep Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Israel Charles Norcom High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chevra T'helim Synagogue (approx. one mile away); Arnold's British Defenses, 1781
Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
2. Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker.
Inscriptions on the gatepost inlays are: (top) Mount Calvary Cemetery 1941 and (bottom): Mount Olive Cemetery at Fishers Hill.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); John Luke Porter (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Confederate Section (approx. 1.2 miles away); Reverend Francis Devlin (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Detailed information on the history of the Yellow Fever Epidemic. (Submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
2. Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855. (Submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Correction
A segment of the marker text, "about a quarter mile southwest of here," is no longer valid. In 2016, the City of Portsmouth moved the marker from its original location on South Street, Portsmouth, to its current location near the front gate of the cemetery. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
Reverse view of Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
3. Reverse view of Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex Marker.
    — Submitted August 27, 2018, by Nadia K. Orton of Chesapeake, Virginia.

 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Mount Calvary Cemetery main entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
4. Mount Calvary Cemetery main entrance.
Pictured in the far left corner is the Potter’s Field Stone. A small white sign (center), blurred by the camera’s flash, reads: “Mt. Calvary.”
Potter’s Field Stone. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
5. Potter’s Field Stone.
Inscription: Potter’s Field. Among those believed to be buried in the Potter’s Field section of this cemetery are many who died in the 1855 yellow fever epidemic which plagued both Norfolk and Portsmouth. May they rest in peace. Psalm 23:4.
Breadth of the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 16, 2018
6. Breadth of the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex.
A second entrance to cemetery grounds is at the far right, near the blue car.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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