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Woodland Cemetery 1972

 

My paternal grandfather's grave marker

 

Some of my earliest memories include riding with my parents and listening to them talk about our family history. My father would sometimes mention his attempts to locate his father’s grave. His father, Percy White Sr. died in 1947 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, at that time, a prestigious African American cemetery. My father attended his funeral. He was 21 at the time. Over the years, cemetery maintenance decreased and Woodlawn fell into disrepair. It was not long before grass, weeds, and shrubs blanketed the grounds so that only the tallest of memorials could be seen, (see top photo).

 

My father died in February of 2000. With the help of family and the information my father proved me over the years, I found Woodland Cemetery. Caretaker and owner Isaiah Entzminger helped me locate the exact location of my grandfather's grave. It was not marked. I purchased a granite marker and had it placed at the head of his grave, (see second top 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. I know my father is proud of me.

 

Percy White Sr.

 


Percy White Jr.

 


Percy White III

 

After sharing the information with my immediate family, I made the information available to extended family. I 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

Website Historian