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Enslaved community cemetery

The Cemetery for African Americans

The Cemetery for African Americans at the Reynolds Homestead is a visual reminder that the Reynolds family relied on the labor of enslaved Africans at Rock Spring Plantation. In stark contrast to the Reynolds family cemetery with its stately monuments, graves for enslaved men, women, and children are mostly marked with large field stones.

In 2001, after surveying the cemetery, Radford University faculty member Michael Barber created a map indicating 61 potential graves. Since 2015, the Reynolds Homestead has been working with historian John Whitfield to gather more information on the enslaved community. The goal of the project is to share the stories of the many men, women, and children who served as enslaved laborers on the plantation.

 

Map illustration showing location of grave depressions in the Cemetery for the Enslaved at Reynolds Homestead