The Hidden History of African-American Burial Sites in the Antebellum South – Atlas Obscura

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The Enslaved Persons Cemetery, now fenced in, at Avoca. The headstones have been ordered in rows based on the data found by the geophysicist. This is likely what the cemetery would have looked like before the rocks were moved over the years. COURTESY OF AVOCA MUSEUM

Enslaved people used codes to mark graves on plantation grounds.

IN MODERN-DAY ALTAVISTA, VIRGINIA, A town that covers 5 square miles of what was the first English colony in North America, sits the Avoca Museum. The former residence of Colonel Charles Lynch, a politician and American Revolutionary Patriot, it was built in 1901 and is now a Virginia Historic Landmark. Beyond the stately home, whose porch and eaves are marked by flourishes derived from the British-born Queen Anne style, is a dirt clearing within a patch of aged oak trees. Upon closer look, there’s a constellation of irregularly shaped rocks placed with curious precision—some squat, some narrow.

via The Hidden History of African-American Burial Sites in the Antebellum South – Atlas Obscura

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