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JPB (#47994699)
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Dean
Major William Johnson
You are certainly welcome. I need to correct myself it is Wilkerson Cemetery not Wilkinson Cemetery.

Buried in the same plot as Major Johnson who was moved there around 1951, is Henry Johnson, Malinda Johnson and Nannie B. Johnson. I will see if they have headstones as well and will take photos of them as well.

If you are on Facebook, there is a Facebook group called Remembering the Life and Times of Ettrick, Virginia. David Wright is a member of that group. He is also in charge of Ettrick Cemetery. More importantly, he knows a lot of information about the cemeteries, battles and infantries within the Petersburg area and you may want to correspond with him.
Added by Dean on Apr 23, 2015 9:25 PM
Dean
Maj William Johnson
I have claimed the photo request and have plans to go to the Cemetery on Friday. You asked about an African American Cemetery in Petersburg. In addition to the information Mandy has provided, there are 2 additional cemeteries; Wilkinson Cemetery which is next to Blandford Cemetery and Peoples Cemetery which is located across the street from Blandford Cemetery. Both cemeteries are on Find A Grave. They are currently doing work at Peoples Cemetery and the entrance is blocked. Hope this helps.
Added by Dean on Apr 23, 2015 8:44 PM
Mandy G.
RE: Major William H. Johnson
Happy to help! The cemetery has put their burial records online in recent years, which has been tremendously helpful in documenting the many unmarked graves in the cemetery. I believe the site is www.petersburgcemetery.org. The records only reach back as far as the 1840's, if I recall correctly, older records were lost in a fire.

Mandy G.
Added by Mandy G. on Apr 21, 2015 7:11 AM
Mandy G.
RE: Major William H. Johnson
Hi JPB,
For best results, please submit a photo request for Maj. Johnson. I don't get out to the cemetery as frequently as I used to, and there may be other active volunteers who can get there sooner. I have documented the cemetery via records & photographs up through Ward OO, though a large portion between J and BB has not been completely photographed. Most of the records I've created which are not yet photographed DO have headstones in place, or did approximately 25 years ago (this information came from a visual survey of the cemetery.)

The cemetery was at one time segregated. In 1837, a city ordinance was passed to refuse burials to African Americans at Blandford. The "colored section" if you'll forgive the vernacular, which was allowed in 1850, encompasses Wards Y, Z, and YY. The newer wards are not segregated. There is a very informative article about the history here:
http://www.chicora.org/pdfs/RS55%20-%20part%202.pdf

Hope this helps!
Added by Mandy G. on Apr 20, 2015 8:51 PM
 

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