Courtland, Virginia: Helping Hand Cemetery

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, December 12, 2012. All rights reserved.
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, December 12, 2012. All rights reserved.

The Helping Hand Cemetery database, available through the efforts of volunteers, on Findagrave.

It’s a shame I have to place this here but, please see: “Is It Okay To Use Other People’s Photos for Educational Purposes?” From the article: “Ultimately, the fair use doctrine does not provide unfettered access to others work by anyone who merely claims that they are ‘educating’ themselves or others.”

Suffolk, Virginia: First view of Oak Lawn Cemetery’s highway historical marker!

I’ve written the text for two highway historical markers for African American cemeteries in Virginia: the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1879), Portsmouth, in 2016, and Oak Lawn Cemetery (est. 1885), Suffolk, in 2019. However, I never knew how they were made. Thanks to a wonderful story about the manufacturer, Sewah Studios (Marietta, Ohio), I know the answer. The historical marker for Oak Lawn Cemetery is shown briefly in this great video courtesy of WTAP News, Parkersburg, West Virginia.