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PUBLIC MEETINGS: Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

June 26 & July 17 - Two PUBLIC MEETINGS 7-8:30 pm - Main Street Station, First Floor, Square Meeting Room.  1500 E. Main St., Richmond. Click  HERE  to download the flyer. Please plan to attend and share your thoughts! For 63 years (49 during slavery and 14 following emancipation) the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground was the second municipal cemetery established by the city of Richmond for the burials of Black people, enslaved and free (1816-1879) and held at least 22,000 burials.  The cemetery property was granted by the city at the request of Black residents who objected to the unstable conditions at the location of the first municipal Black cemetery, known now as the Shockoe Bottom African Burial Ground (1799-1816). As of 2024, both sites have been incorporated into the comprehensive ten-acre Shockoe Project plan. Oak Grove Cemetery uncovered after years of overgrowth and decay.  Adjacent neighborhood developer will provide walking trail for access and care. Directions to t

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