Posts Tagged African American History

Historically Black Cemeteries to Receive State Funding

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East End Cemetery, a children’s cemetery and what may be a cemetery for black Confederate soldiers, will now receive state funding thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe this week. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Every year since 1997, Virginia taxpayer money goes to repairing and restoring the graves of Confederate soldiers. Now, for the first time, the state has approved funding for history that has long been ignored: African-American cemeteries. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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The Virginia Slave Who Mailed Himself to Freedom

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From the Library of Congress, a lithograph of “The Resurrection of Henry ‘Box’ Brown.” (Credit: Library of Congress)

Henry “Box” Brown was a born into slavery in Louisa County. At 15, he was sent to Richmond.

Today, a group of musicians has chosen to honor Brown’s story with a song about his escape. They performed recently during a Black History Celebration on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

In front of an audience, many of whom were descendants of slaves, Glenn Birch told the story of Brown’s unusual and daring journey.

Accompanying Glenn Birch were fellow musicians Ellen Birch and Frank Coleman. This story was produced by Pamela D’Angelo. You can read Henry Box Brown’s narrative of his own life here.  

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Lawmakers to Consider Extra Funding For Historically Black Cemeteries

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The four cemeteries include East End Cemetery, a children’s cemetery and what may be a cemetery for black Confederate soldiers. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

After integration, historically black cemeteries around the state fell to the wayside, often unkempt, uncared for, and forgotten. Now a state lawmaker is hoping to bring them some much-needed attention. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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