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Portsmouth, VA: Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex Historical Marker

Marker Portsmouth Nadia Orton Copyright

Historical marker dedicated September 19, 2016. Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Transportation. Co-authors of text: members of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex Cemetery Preservation Committee (overseen by the City of Portsmouth, 2015-ended 2016), Nadia K. Orton, descendant and independent historian/professional genealogist, and Mr. Charles Johnson, descendant, historian and member, African American Historical Society of Portsmouth, Virginia, Inc.


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September 19, 2016 · 5:50 pm

North Carolina: Hidden gravestones in the Lower Cape Fear

Lower Cape Fear Cemetery

Hidden gravestones in the Lower Cape Fear

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February 20, 2016 · 8:30 pm

Chesapeake, Virginia: The Sykes Cemetery, Cornland

Sykes Cemetery Cornland Chesapeake Virginia

Researching the souls interred, Sykes Cemetery, Cornland, Chesapeake


February 9, 2016 · 5:18 pm

Hopewell, Va: At City Point

City Point Va. Nadia Orton 2016

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January 12, 2016 · 6:40 am

Portsmouth, Va.: Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex (1879)

Portsmouth Mt. Calvary Cemetery Orton

Last of the fall colors in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex ♦



December 8, 2015 · 4:27 am

Richmond, Va. Evergreen Cemetery (1891)

Evergreen Cemetery Richmond Virginia Orton

Evergreen Cemetery

A recent view of Evergreen Cemetery, established in 1891, Richmond, Virginia. This image was captured near the entrance located on E. Richmond Road, on the southern border of the 59+ acre cemetery. A historical marker, dedicated in 2012, stands sentinel as nature slowly reclaims the historic site.

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November 26, 2015 · 2:12 am

Charlotte, North Carolina: W. W. Smith, African-American Architect

W. W. Smith Charlotte North Carolina Orton

The family mausoleum of African-American architect W. W. Smith (1862-1937). Pinewood Cemetery (1853)

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October 10, 2015 · 10:31 am

A North Carolina Civil War veteran in Portsmouth: Sgt. Lewis Rogers, 28th U. S. Colored Infantry

Sgt. Lewis Rogers USCT Portsmouth Orton

Lincoln Memorial Cemetery: Sgt. Lewis Rogers (1845-1884), father of Richard Rogers, Portsmouth, Virginia funeral director (1881-1951).

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August 11, 2015 · 2:16 am

Protected: North Carolina: Visiting the slave cemetery

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August 3, 2015 · 8:38 pm

Beaufort National Cemetery, SC: United States Colored Troops

USCT Beaufort National Cemetery SC

United States Colored Troops, Section 29


Our family paid a visit to Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Carolina, in early December, 2014. While there, I snapped a photo of some of the United States Colored Troops. It was Wreaths Across America Day at the cemetery, and there were hundreds of people present, prepared to pay homage to the fallen by decorating each grave with a wreath. Recently, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History announced they were holding a photo contest of historic sites in the state. I thought “why not?,” and submitted this photo. Surprisingly, it was selected by staff as one of the ten finalists. I didn’t win, though. That honor went to an amazing photo of an old African American school. I’m still tickled my pic made it to the top ten. Thanks so much to the staff of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History! ♦


June 10, 2015 · 10:26 pm