Instructor: William Hampton
Glenwood Cemetery began as a slave cemetery, replacing the city’s first African-American burial ground, called Georgia Cemetery, in 1870. Even though 1,148 tombstones mark burial sites of both slaves and the city’s most prominent black citizens, scholars of the subject believe that there may be as many as 10,000 people buried there, most in unmarked graves.
William Hampton is a local historian who is involved with the study of the cemetery. He will be joined by four local actors who portray famous citizens who are buried there. The historical figures who will be portrayed in costume are: Dr. Burgess Scruggs, Dr. Samuel R. Lowery, Xenia Pruitt, and H. C. Binford.
The class will culminate with a cemetery stroll at Glenwood Cemetery, 2300 Hall Ave., NW on October 5.