W&L’s Lynn Rainville Featured in Charlottesville Tomorrow Lynn Rainville discusses her research and field work with Black cemeteries.
Lynn Rainville, director of Institutional History at Washington and Lee University, is featured in a Charlottesville Tomorrow article titled “Forgotten no more: Descendants of family enslaved at Pen Park plantations visit their unmarked graves for the first time.”
Rainville’s work with old Black cemeteries in Central Virginia is highlighted in the piece.
“Because they’re not marked, Black cemeteries are susceptible to things like construction projects,” said Rainville. “And even when they are marked, they are more susceptible to vandalism. Even with the presence of gravestones or markers, Black cemeteries will continue to suffer discrimination when it comes to their conservation. The limitations brought on by the lack of research and documentation can be difficult to navigate, but is fundamentally necessary.”
Read the entire story online here.
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