Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Marker
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Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Marker

Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Marker

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, November 5, 2019. All rights reserved.

I finally had a chance to swing by and see the historical marker for Oak Lawn Cemetery. I first pitched the idea to the other members of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation late last year. Once the idea was approved by the existing members in 2019 (three), I quickly got to work on the research and text. Having submitted the marker text and supporting documentation to the Department of Historic Resources earlier this year, it was approved (with a few edits) in June. It’s wonderful to see this project come to fruition, with the added bonus of the marker being located just across the way from Suffolk’s City Hall (read: lots of traffic!)


Special thanks to George Lee Richards, Sr., a founding member of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation, descendant families, Del. Cliff Hayes, Suffolk Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 5, local churches, LeOtis Williams and team, the Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Girl Scout Troops (Suffolk), and volunteers who collectively kept Oak Lawn’s history alive through the years. Back to work…

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, November 5, 2019. All rights reserved.

Nadia Orton
pacificadare@gmail.com

Professional genealogist and public historian. Graduate of Duke University. President of the Sacred Grounds Project, Inc. Studying historic African American cemeteries and communities.

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