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.
- 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