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Black Confederates in Oakwood?

08/25/2010 9:33 AM by

The Lost Soldiers in this week’s Style Weekly looks into the possibility of black Confederates buried in Oakwood:

It was late May 2002, says Davis, a Hampton-based independent historian, when she showed up at the administrative offices for Richmond’s cemeteries, then managed by a woman named Patricia Taylor. Davis, who is black, was researching the city’s African-American burial grounds for a book, “Here I Lay My Burdens Down.” She says Taylor showed her a 19th-century map of Oakwood Cemetery. “And on it, it said ‘Colored Confederates,’” Davis says.


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