Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Guardian of a Nation's Heritage
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
In May of 1861 on the eve of the Civil War, Mrs. Lee abandoned her home. She left the household keys with Mrs. Gray, entrusting her with the “Washington Treasury,” cherished heirlooms that once belonged to George and Martha Washington (Mrs. Lee's great grandmother.) By assuming stewardship of these revered artifacts, Mrs. Gray became, in a broad sense, the guardian of the heritage of the young nation.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 52.859′ N, 77° 4.377′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from Sherman Drive 0.2 miles south of Lincoln Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the old slave quarters behind Arlington House in Arlington Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Sherman Drive, Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Kingdom of My Childhood (a few steps from this marker); The Arlington Woodlands Garden to Graves (within shouting distance of this marker); Arlington House, 1864 (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Pierre Charles L’Enfant (within shouting distance of this marker); Arlington Estate, 1860 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dependence on Slave Labor (within shouting distance of this marker); A Garden Sustains (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Selina Gray” (Submitted on December 1, 2013.)
2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on December 1, 2013.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 338 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.