African-American cemetery research workshop set

The Penn-Reynolds cemetery at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia. -

See cemeteries in a completely new way through this workshop on “Conducting African American Cemetery Research,” being held at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia, on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

Facilitated by John Whitfield, and presented by the Virginia Africana Association, the workshop will explain techniques used in identifying enslaved Africans in undisclosed burial plots and locations. He will show how many of the public records across Virginia, as well as other tools of discovery, can be used to uncover more information about enslaved Africans buried in countless cemeteries across the state.

Whitfield recently conducted research for the Reynolds Homestead, identifying more than 30 African Americans who were buried in the Penn-Reynolds cemetery on the property. Using this research as an example, he will provide tools which will allow workshop attendees to discover answers to mysteries about the cemeteries that they care take.

“Through these memorial sites, history still lives, waiting to be uncovered,” Whitfield said.

The cost of the all-day workshop is $50 for Virginia Africana members, and $60 for non-members. The fee includes lunch. To register, call Marian Ashton at 301-520-6796 or Terri Leviner at 276-694-7181.

The Penn-Reynolds cemetery at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_AA-Cemetery-1.jpgThe Penn-Reynolds cemetery at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia.