Remembering the unknown
The Daily Progress Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Their names might never be discovered, but they now have a new monument to their memory. “Gone But Not Forgotten,” their marker says.
About a year and a half following a rededication of the historic African-American graveyard in the heart of Charlottesville, the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery held a dedication ceremony Saturday for a monument to those who are thought to be buried there but have no record or marker indicating their name.
Local historians and preservationists know there are approximately 225 people buried at the cemetery, according to historical records, but have no burial marker remaining among the 150 gravesites that are still visible. According to a local archaeologist who has been surveying the graveyard for over a year, there could be as many as 1,000 unmarked graves in the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.
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