Walking through African American history at Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A small group of people gathered in Lynchburg on Saturday for a guided tour of the Old City Cemetery.

“Here at the cemetery, a lot of African-Americans are buried here and we don’t focus on them,” said Old City Cemetery tour guide, Angelica Walker, “so that’s kind of what I wanted to do.”

Walker wants to break the stigmas of cemeteries and help people unearth the untold history of the African Americans buried there.

“It makes it kind of tangible to see, kind of, gravestones and to see that these are real people,” said Walker.

The tour didn’t cover the entire two-thirds of African Americans who are buried in the cemetery. However, the event-goers still received a history lesson.

“It’s not in books, and that’s exactly why you have to go out sometimes and find your history,” said first-time attendee, Leilani Sanchez.

These might be the final resting places for many prominent figures in the African American community, but their stories live on.

Event-goer Dana Robinson said, “These are things that you’re probably not gonna learn in school or sometimes even from a book.”

The next tour through Lynchburg’s African American history at Old City Cemetery is scheduled for Aug. 8. You can learn more about these guided tours here.

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