Isle of Wight County, Virginia: An interesting combination

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, April 18, 2020. All rights reserved.

Yucca is one of the most common plantings in African American cemeteries. A symbol of the living spirit, it is used to mark gravesites, sometimes in lieu of a headstone. We spotted this interesting combination yesterday, near Smithfield, Virginia. Either the yucca grew up through the flowers, or the flowers were purposely placed at the heart of the plant.

Richmond,Virginia: Black History Month Observance, Evergreen Cemetery (est. 1891)


Members of the Executive Planning and Review Team, Evergreen Cemetery (ExPRT), Marilyn Campbell and myself, join volunteers, AmeriCorps NCCC Team Bayou 5, and members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Greater Richmond Chapter, Marilyn, myself, and President Larry Clark, at Evergreen Cemetery on a very chilly morning to provide history, stories, and uncover graves in observance of Black History Month, February 8th,  2020. The event was hosted by the Enrichmond Foundation. Two additional events are planned at Evergreen on February 15th and the 22nd. (Photos: Nadia K. Orton, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.)♦

Wilson County, North Carolina: The gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes

Gravestone of Della Hines Barnes (1858-1935), Rountree-Vick Cemetery, Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina. Photo: 2020, Nadia K. Orton. All rights reserved.

Detail from the gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes, wife of David “Dave” Barnes, Rountree-Vick Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina. Born in 1858, in neighboring Edgecombe County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Joshua and Pattie Hines.1 Her gravestone features the figure of an angel, pointing up, bearing a palm frond. Angels (seraphim) are symbols of divine intervention, or guardianship, while figures pointing upwards symbolize that the soul has risen to heaven. Palm fronds on gravestones are symbolic of resurrection.♥