Man claims – on Cedar Grove Gravestone in Norfolk – to have been Lafayette’s secretary

Written by Cheryl Copper Cedar Grove was Norfolk’s first municipal cemetery, established about a mile from town, on land purchased in 1799. It took a generation to officially open with tree-lined shell roads in 1825–right around the time the beloved Revolutionary hero Marquis de Lafayette was wrapping up a triumphant tour to see his old… Read More Man claims – on Cedar Grove Gravestone in Norfolk – to have been Lafayette’s secretary

Profiles in Zinc

White Bronze Markers of Norfolk’s African American Cemeteries – Nadia Orton A tour of Norfolk’s historical African American cemeteries is a veritable walk through history. Cemeteries offer an important, tangible connection to history allowing closer interpretation of days past than most other sources can. Many historic cemeteries are notable for their funerary art, but a… Read More Profiles in Zinc

Soldier for Christ and Community Rev. Israel LaFayette Butt

Cemeteries are a great wealth of genealogical and community history.  All too often, cemeteries, especially African-American cemeteries have fallen into neglect, disrepair and  can often disappear due to a number of reasons.  Recently I had the great fortune to meet our guest blogger, Nadia Orton.  She has written several articles involving cemeteries and the search for her families… Read More Soldier for Christ and Community Rev. Israel LaFayette Butt