Suffolk, Virginia: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Highway Marker (2019)
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Suffolk, Virginia: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Highway Marker (2019)

Suffolk, Virginia: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Historical Highway Marker (2019)

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, and once approved by the existing members (3), quickly got to work on writing the text for the marker. With the assistance of the representative from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), a working text was hammered out over the early months of this year. 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. All rights reserved.
Nadia Orton
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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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