If you want to learn more about this important work, join us on June 19th from 2 to 4 at the Louisa County Public Library for our next public information and training meetings. We’d love to have you become part of the effort. See the flier for more information.
We had the absolute joy of going to document the Watson graveyard on the same property as one of the first Quaker meetings in Louisa County. Here is Gloria Gilmore and her niece Doris Williams leaning over to touch a stone marking a burial site. Both women are descendants of people once enslaved on this site. So, the work begins in earnest!
BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH 18TH FROM 10:30- 12:30 FOR THE PRESENTATION BY DR. RAINVILLE AND MR. JIM HARE, DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC REGISTRY AT THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORIC RESOURCES. HELD AT THE LOUISA ARTS CENTER, 214 FREDERICKSBURG AVE. IN LOUISA.
The project is a doorway for a community to engage in an effort that will strengthen relationships across racial and generational lines. We will walk together onto the sacred ground of African-American burial sites. Preserving these sacred sites by recording them is the first step in honoring the lives of those whose bodies lie in these graves. The Louisa County Historical Society won Preservation Virginia’s Preservation Pitch Award in October of 2016 to create a GeoForm for collecting data, location and photographs in the field on smartphones and the user guides so that anyone or organization across the Commonwealth can join in the work.
As we stand beside a marker stone, perhaps surrounded by periwinkle, the question arises “Who is buried beneath those stones?” “Where did their descendants go that no one is here to tend their graves?” Research to give identity to the persons buried in those graves will unveil truths about the scope and the experience of slavery and its aftermath. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is providing funding for scholarly guidance, technical support, and the inspiration of powerful speakers to this effort. Only a new historic narrative of slavery and race, which this project will address, can give us the understanding of our past to heal our deepest national wound. Will you join us in this important work?