Born enslaved in 1820, he was seen to his rest by 5000 admirers in 1883.
A Union soldier dead in the final push to take Petersburg and end the war: seven days before Lee surrendered.
A stone one notch above vernacular slices and dices a hymn to make a quick point.
Don’t assume conventional epitaphs were without meaning.
An interesting African American monument from 1880 invites comparative study with a white monument across the street.
A Roman gesture still in use: here in an example in People’s Memorial Cemetery in Petersburg, VA.
A beautifully cut vernacular monument in Petersburg’s historic African American Cemetery.