Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

The Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground (Richmond's 2nd African Burial Ground) was established by the city of Richmond, Virginia in 1816. It was created as the replacement for the Shockoe Bottom African Burial Ground (active 1799-1816). Over time it was expanded from 2 to 31 acres. Upwards of 22,000 people of African descent were interred there. It is likely the largest burial ground for free people of color and the enslaved in the United States. It was closed in 1879 due to overcrowd conditions. This long abused and invisible burial ground is one of Virginia's most endangered historic places.

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