Newtown Cemetery

Newtown Cemetery (HM1YJK)

Location: Harrisonburg, VA 22802
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 27.212', W 78° 51.479'

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African Americans established the community of Newtown in this area after the Civil War, In 1869 five trustees purchased land here for a cemetery open to "all persons of color." By 1920 the cemetery had expanded three times to accommodate Harrisonburg's growing African American population. Among the nearly 1,000 burials, some unmarked, are Civil War-era United States Colored Troops and veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Also interred here are Harrisonburg's first African American city council member and several noted educators, including Lucy F. Simms. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByVirginia Department of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 686909 N 4258310
Decimal Degrees38.45353333, -78.85798333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 27.212', W 78° 51.479'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 27' 12.72" N, 78° 51' 28.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 330 Kelley St, Harrisonburg VA 22802, US
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