About Us - An African American History and Genealogy Website
Many times, over the years my father talked about his attempts to locate his father’s grave. His father, Percy White Sr. was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Over the years, cemetery maintenance decreased, and Woodlawn turned into an unkept cemetery of overgrown grass, weeds, and bushes (see top photo).
My father died in February of 2000. With the information he provided and with help of my family, I found Woodland Cemetery. Previous caretaker and owner, Isaiah Entzminger helped me find the exact location of my grandfather's grave. It was covered with wiregrass and not marked. I purchased a granite marker and had it placed on his grave (see second photo). I later learned my grandfather is buried next to his mother, Cora B. Miles.
Finding Percy White Sr's grave is one of my greatest accomplishments. My father and grandfather would be pleased.
It is important that we keep Woodlawn Cemetery vibrant and a respected memorial to those African Americans who were here before us. They should never be forgotten.
Top: Woodland Cemetery circa 1972
Bottom: Percy White Sr's grave marker
After sharing the information with my immediate family, I made the information available to extended family. Then created Find Family Roots to honor my father, grandfather, and family, and to memorialize the rich, diverse, and difficult history of African Americans.
Find Family Roots is divided into two major sections: African American History and Viewers' Families. The Men, Women, Churches, Cemeteries, Schools, Historic Places Visited, and Museums pages explore the familiar and not well-known people, places, and events in African American History.
The Viewer's Families, Posting Pictures, and Genealogy Assistance pages assist you in researching and sharing your family history.
I conducted the research, explored the locations, took all photos (except where indicated) and now, share my findings with you. Percy White III
Top: Percy White Sr
Middle: Percy White Jr
Bottom: Percy White III