Monday, August 7, 2017

Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History (2017) by Alyson Taylor-White.

Our own Alyson Taylor-White has just published a history of Richmond's Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History was published by the History Press last month. It's available in local book stores and HERE.

Alyson will be speaking about the history of the cemetery locally including an event (and book signing) at the Library of Virginia at Noon on August 22nd. and at the Univ. of Richmond at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19th. Both of those events are free. And free to members of the Virginia Historical Society is her talk and book signing at the VHS on Dec. 7th at Noon. Let us know if you need more details.

Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900) - a "Yankee spy" during the war- is buried in
Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Her tombstone is very distinctive. Image by Alysson. 

The History Press describes the book as such: "Established in 1822, Shockoe Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many famous and infamous icons of Richmond. Most visited is the tomb of Chief Justice John Marshall, the longest-serving chief justice of the United States, who elevated the Supreme Court to equal standing with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew operated an extensive espionage ring during the Civil War, and though reviled in life by many who resented her activism, she rests prominently near her elite neighbors. The burial places of friends and foster family offer a glimpse into Edgar Allan Poe’s personal story. Author Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White charts the history of the celebrated cemetery and brings to life the stories of those buried there."

- Ray

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