This is a carpool driving tour of twelve historic cemeteries where we'll drive to each location and walk the sites with ample historic photos and stories of each.
We'll begin at Shockoe Hill Cemetery departing from there on a 13 mile circuit returning back to Shockoe where the unused cars will be retrieved.
View a map of our route in the photo section of this Meetup.
We'll see Shockoe Hill, Hebrew, Second African Burial Ground, Barton Heights, Woodland, Jewish Cemetery at Oakwood, Oakwood, Garden of the Lilies, East End, Evergreen, Sir Moses Montefiore and Richmond National Cemeteries.
On this Meetup you’ll:
1. Visit the grave of the “Greatest soldier in America’s history.”
2. Learn what happened in 1813 that changed everything about the burial of slaves and why very few know anything about Richmond’s largest slave cemetery.
3. Tour the “City of the Dead” and learn why Richmond’s streetcars caused it to close in 1904.
4. Visit the graves of Virginia’s famous former slave preacher, the Jefferson Davis’ spy housekeeper and a famous tennis player who has a statue on Monument Avenue.
5. Learn why the man who built the Old City Hall building and the Lee Monument required that the statue for his own grave be altered.
6. Observe an ongoing volunteer effort to restore two historic black cemeteries.
7. Visit the Evergreen Cemetery grave of the first Virginia woman certified to practice medicine.
8. See where 500 children ages 3-12, many who lived in poverty on Richmond’s streets, were buried in about 1895.
9. Learn why orthodox Jews from Russia had a separate cemetery.
10. Learn what happened to the Civil War Union soldiers who died at Bell Isle’s POW camp.
And much more.