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Nadia Orton copyright 2018
Oak Lawn Cemetery – Decoration Day Weekend 2018, Photo: Nadia K. Orton

In 1884, seven African-American veterans and businessmen of Suffolk, Virginia,  purchased a plot of land for a cemetery for the local African-American community. 

The Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2011 to honor their legacy. Our mission is to preserve and protect Oak Lawn Cemetery and its rich history through conservation, advocacy, and educational initiatives. 

Officers, 2018-2021

  • Reginald H. Dirtion, President
  • Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, Vice-President
  • Wilbur Holland, Jr., Treasurer
  • Nadia K. Orton, Secretary/Historian

Oak Lawn Cemetery (est. 1885) is located within Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District