Legislative forum: Rip Sullivan

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) speaks during a legislative roundtable sponsored by the Leadership Center for Excellence on Oct. 17, 2017.

Three Arlington cemeteries would receive state funding under a program designed to preserve burial places of African-American Virginians.

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Fairfax-Arlington) has patroned legislation to add the three graveyards – at Calloway, Lomax and Mount Salvation churches – to the more than two dozen statewide that already receive support from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Under the program, those maintaining the cemeteries annually receive $5 per grave or the actual cost of maintenance, as determined by state officials, for every person interred who lived at any point between the years 1800 and 1900.

Qualifying burials total 110 at Lomax, 90 at Calloway and 66 at Mount Salvation, state officials said.

Statewide, some of the burial grounds that are part of the initiative contain just a handful of interments, while others are much larger – East End Cemetery in Henrico County contains 4,875 eligible graves, while Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond has 2,100, state officials said.

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