Oak Lawn Cemetery approved for state funding

From the board of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation: Special thanks to: the African American community of Suffolk, Virginia; Suffolk Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 5, LeOtis Williams, Frances McNair, Mike Lane, M/M Hinton (Eye Catch Photos), Otis Richards, First Baptist Church Mahan (FBC), Dr. Harry Quinton and Lt. Col. Bill Burrell (Tidewater Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.), and the staff of the East Suffolk Recreation Center. Also, Del. Hayes, Jr. (Dist. 77), Vice-Mayor L. Bennett, and Councilman C. Milteer,

Dedicated to the memory of Deacon George Lee Richards, Sr.

Duke Magazine (Winter 2018): Article featuring Oak Lawn Cemetery


The Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation

Preserving African American History of Suffolk, Virginia with Integrity

Carrie Pugh French (1888-1923)

The Pugh Family, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1900 Federal Census. Ancestry.com

Drops Dead While Visiting Dressmaker – Mrs. Carrie French Suddenly Collapses While out in Company With Her Husband


While visiting a dressmaker not far from her home in company with her husband, Mrs. Carrie French, a young and popular woman, of this city collapses and died suddenly Thursday evening, October 2. Her death caused sad shock to this community. Mrs. French was a woman much beloved and of an excellent womanly and Christian character.

Funeral services were held over her remains at the First Baptist Church, Friday at 3 o’clock, Rev. J. A. Harrell officiating. The deceased leaves to mourn their loss a husband, Mr. Hezekiah French, a father, Mr. John Pugh; mother, Mrs. Hester Pugh; sister, Mrs. Julie Prince, of Baltimore; brother, Mr. John Pugh, Jr.; a niece, Miss Delcenia Pugh, of Baltimore and one daughter, Anna French. At the funeral service, Miss Agnes Tharpe sang a solo. The late Mrs. French was a member of The Ladies Aid Society, Pilgrim Travelers and Abyssinians. The funeral was largely attended and interment in the family plot in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 13, 1923
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December 28, 2018: Community Meeting for Oak Lawn Cemetery

Pictures from the community meeting held on December 28, 2018, at the East Suffolk Recreation Center. Those present include Deacon Sam Jones, Suffolk Virginia Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #5, Otis Richards, and members of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation: President Reginald H. Dirtion, Vice President Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, Treasurer Wilbur Holland, Jr., and Secretary/Historian Nadia K. Orton. Huge thanks to
Delegate C. E. (Cliff) Hayes, Jr. (VA House Dist. 77), Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett, Councilman Curtis Milteer, and Francis McNair for all of her key assistance at the meeting, and a sincere “thank you” to all who attended in support of this important endeavor.

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(l-r) Francis McNair; Reginald H. Dirtion, President, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Otis Richards; Deacon Sam Jones, Suffolk, Virginia Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #5; Councilman Curtis Milteer; Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, Vice President, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Wilbur Holland, Jr., Treasurer, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett; Delegate C. E. (Cliff) Hayes, Jr. (VA House 77); Nadia K. Orton, Secretary/Historian, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation.
Suffolk, Virginia, December 28, 2018.
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