Counting graves at Barton Heights

Jim Laidler, Cemetery Manager for the City of Richmond, has let me know that he is applying for state funds recently made available from the General Assembly as a result of H.B. 1547. This legislation offers $5 per grave for those of African American ancestry who lived before 1900 and are buried in a historical cemetery owned by a government or nonprofit. The funds can help with upkeep and preservation, and such “perpetual care” would make a big difference for the Barton Heights cemeteries, which would seem to qualify. The challenge now is to count/authenticate how many such burials exist at Barton Heights. I can document 3,626, or $18,130 annually to start, which is only a small percentage of the burials there. Does anyone want to help us count graves at Barton Heights?

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