The Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex opened in 1879 although some burials occurred earlier. The historically African-American cemetery holds over 8,000 memorials and some scholars estimate as many as 15,000 gravesites. The 13-acre complex consists of Mount Calvary Cemetery, Mount Olive Cemetery, Fisher’s Hill, and a potter’s field where the poor were buried without headstones. Among the notables buried here are educator, I.C. Norcom, journalist Jeffrey Wilson, and child advocate Ida Barber. The cemetery is closed for future burials.
The 13-acre complex opened in 1879 with over 8,000 memorials and 15,000 gravesites.
Pulaski Street at Deep Creek Boulevard Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
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