Second African Burial Ground

Another significant site beginning to get attention, at long last: Richmond's Second African Burial Ground (5th & Hospital Sts.) was established after the African Burial Ground in Shockoe Bottom as closed in 1816. Advocates for its recognition and memorialization have emerged and are working together. There are some exciting developments underway that emphasize the relationship not only between the first African Burial Ground (RABG) and second (RABG2) municipal burial grounds, but also between the RABG2 and the East Marshall Street Well Project, and the search for living descendants of those buried in these sites. Geographically, this public history research is knitting together a geography of histories that have existed too long in the shadows and disconnected from one another.

Read the history compiled by local urban hiker/historic tour guide Dennis Bussey here.

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