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Report a cemetery to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Pine Forest Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2014.
Pine Forest Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2014.

Recovering and Preserving African American Cemeteries

National Trust for Historic Preservation (2016)

Me with 3rd great-grandfather, Alexander Orton, Civil War Veteran, Grove Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Virginia.

A Personal Journey Through African American Cemeteries

National Trust for Historic Preservation (2016)

Pvt. Alexander Orton, 10th U. S. Colored Infantry. Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia
Pvt. Alexander Orton, 10th U. S. Colored Infantry. Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia

On Memorial Day, Reflecting on African American History

National Trust for Historic Preservation (2017)

Media Spotlight

Black Cemeteries are Reflection of Deep Segregation History

April 29, 2021

Nadia Orton, a genealogist and family historian in Virginia, poses next to tombstones at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portsmouth, Va., Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Orton has worked tracing her own family and others to historically Black cemeteries. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

1010
CUPS OF COFFEE

Honestly, we’ve lost count!

2601
INTERMENTS

Documented 2011-2022

19
PROJECTS

To be revealed

8778
RESEARCH HOURS

2011-2022

OUR PROJECTS

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  • Cemeteries
  • Delaware
  • Family History
  • Free African Americans
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina Roots
  • Photography
  • Slave Cemeteries
  • South Carolina
  • United States Colored Troops
  • Virginia

RECENT POSTS

ABOUT US

Assisting community initiatives in the preservation of Oak Lawn Cemetery, est. 1885.

Oak Lawn Cemetery Historical Marker Approved

June, 2019. Research and application by Nadia K. Orton

Oak Lawn Cemetery Approved for State Funding

Eligible list of burials researched and submitted to DHR by Nadia K. Orton, January, 2019.

Oak Lawn Cemetery Database

Since 2011, we have documented over 2,000 interments in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Contact us today if you're looking for the grave of an ancestor, or friend.

RESEARCH UPDATE

52 Additional Veteran Graves Identified, 2020-2021

CONTACT US TODAY

nadia.orton@sacredgroundsproject.org; nadiaorton@blackhistorysuffolkva.org; nadia.orton@rockymountnc.gov

OAK LAWN CEMETERY GALLERY

NORTH CAROLINA ROOTS

Over sixty per cent of the people buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery have North Carolina ancestry. Here, we post a brief summation of the journey through various North Carolina regions researching their family lines.

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WHAT THEY SAY