Richmond, Virginia: Finding Pvt. Henry Williams, East End Cemetery

Pvt. Henry Williams, Company G, 51st Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry. Photo: National Archives, Washington, D. C., 2016.

Originally added to the East End Cemetery database, FindaGrave, July 31, 2015. We were not informed by the Friends of East End that his burial site had been found in 2017 (we had to be a partner to receive that information). Nevertheless, we are happy that Henry Williams’ grave site has been located within the cemetery.

Tales from the East End: A sketch of the life of Valentine Griffin (ca. 1820-1894), Richmond, Virginia

This post also appears on African American Cemeteries of Richmond Virginia

The scourge of writer’s block was an unwelcome visitor this week, and thumbing through newspaper archives seemed the only remedy for sheer frustration. However, an interesting obituary in the Richmond Planet caught my attention. It featured a brief summary of the life of Mr. Valentine Griffin, an aged and much respected figure in Richmond’s African American community, who passed away on March 16, 1894.

Richmond, Virginia: A sketch of the life of Valentine Griffin (1820-1894)

The scourge of writer’s block was an unwelcome visitor this week, and thumbing through newspaper archives seemed the only remedy for sheer frustration. However, an interesting obituary in the Richmond Planet caught my attention. It featured a brief summary of the life of Mr. Valentine Griffin, an aged and much respected figure in Richmond’s African American community, who passed on March 16, 1894.