This is the grave of George Ruffin and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin. George Ruffin was born in 1834 in Richmond to free parents. Josephine St. Pierre was born free in Boston in 1842 to an English fathe
This is the grave of Prince Hall. No one knows when Prince Hall was born. It’s generally considered to be between 1735 and 1738. No one knows where he was born either. After all, he was a slave.
This is the grave of John Mitchell, Jr. Born into slavery in Richmond in 1863, Mitchell learned to read as a young child, even though he was also working as a newsboy and then as a carriage boy for a
This is the grave of Henry McNeal Turner. Born in 1834 in South Carolina to free blacks, Turner had ambition from a young age. Teaching black people, slave or free, was illegal in that state. Turner w
This is the grave of Winston Edmunds. Sometimes, when you are wandering around a cemetery, you find a gravestone that speaks to you. This isn’t so common anymore, because in the mid-20th century
This is the grave of Maggie Walker. Born in 1864 in Richmond to a mother who was a freed slave and cook for Elizabeth Van Lew, who herself was a spy for the Union during the Civil War, after the war,
A song made by a Jewish man and a black woman about Southern violence still resonates. The events in Charlottesville last weekend has stuck in my mind in a way that few other incidents during t