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Original African American Cemetery

S Lee Hwy, Lexington, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 46' 19.7076", -79° 26' 34.0008"
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Near this spot is the original African American cemetery of Lexington. Dating to the days of slavery, this cemetery was abandoned in 1880 and the persons buried here were purportedly moved to Evergreen Cemetery. Jim Lewis, an African American who served as Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson's body servant and cook during the Civil War, was buried here. Soldiers knew a march was imminent when Lewis started packing the secretive general's baggage. Lewis's and other graves were unmarked and never identified. In 1946, the City of Lexington sold the old cemetery, and houses were built over the original burial ground.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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