Suffolk, Virginia: Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation (2018-2020)
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Suffolk, Virginia: Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation (2018-2020)

Suffolk, Virginia: Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation (2018-2020)

Foundation Logo. Creator: Nadia K. Orton, 2018
  • Tasks performed for the Foundation:
  • Creation of Foundation logo (pictured above)
  • Creation, design, and content for Foundation website
  • Creation, design, development, and content for Foundation Facebook page
  • Development of official Foundation letterhead
  • Author of Foundation donor letter(s)
  • Author of Foundation event flyers (2018-2019)
  • Author of Oak Lawn Cemetery self-guided walking tour (copyright 2018)
  • Author of Oak Lawn Cemetery notables list (copyright 2018)
  • Author and designer of Oak Lawn Cemetery information booklet (provided members of First Baptist Church, Mahan, and journalist Alex Perry, Suffolk News Herald, March, 2019)

  • Author: Compiled and submitted list of eligible burials (Oak Lawn Cemetery) for Virginia African American cemeteries eligible for state funding, December, 2018

Preservation Virginia: Legislative Update, January 14, 2019

Virginia Acts of the Assembly: HB2311, Historical African American cemeteries; adds a cemetery in City of Suffolk, March 8, 2019

Black History Month Presentation, Oak Lawn Cemetery, First Baptist Church, Mahan (February 16, 2019)

Members of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation (l-r): R. Dirtion, President; Nadia K. Orton, Secretary/Historian; O. Saunders, Vice-President; W. Holland, Jr., Treasurer. Courtesy: First Baptist Church, Mahan
  • Author: “Suffolk’s Oak Lawn Cemetery: A History,” Suffolk Happenings, Harambee Communications, Inc. May, 2019.
  • Historical highway marker: Research, application, and text (2019)
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, November , 2019. All rights reserved.
Nadia Orton

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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