In Remembrance: Our Ancestors’ Emancipation Day

Following in the footsteps of my ancestors in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, in an attempt to experience Emancipation Day celebrations of days past as they would have known them. Most white newspaper accounts of the day focused on participants’ clothing and comportment. Beyond an annual observance of “freedom day,” the celebrations were an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of the community, through sharing history, sustaining commitments to progressive political change, and fundraising for benevolent societies and community institutions.

A Future Look at the Preservation of Virginia’s African American Cemeteries – Horizons, Virginia Africana Associates

A collaborative article on the current preservation efforts of Richmond, Virginia’s African American cemeteries: Evergreen, East End, and Woodland. We include this article here as many folks that we’ve researched in Evergreen Cemetery were from various counties in North Carolina.

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.)♦