African-American Graveyard - Charlottesville, VA
Posted by: bluesnote
N 38° 00.281 W 078° 27.171
17S E 723636 N 4209397
Quick Description: This place looks like its just another place where trees grow in a parking lot, but many don't know that this is Monticello's African American Graveyard.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 8:12:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMG1DH
The plaque says, "Buried in this graveyard are more than 40 of the nearly 400 men, women, and children who lived in slavery at Monticello from 1770 to a827. Although the names of the Moticello's enslaved residents are know, it has not been possible to identify the individuals buried here.
African-American graveyards are considered the first black instructions in North America, and were expressions of the separateness slavery created. This burial ground became a sacred space that reinforced the human ties that bound together the members of Moticello's enslaved community.
At a commemoration ceremony at this site in 2001, Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP, addressed the audience, observing that the enslaved had been buried here as property, but that "we honer them as people."
Earliest Burial: Not listed
Latest Burial: Not listed
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