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In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there for over two hundred years. More about the book >

James Davidson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida

Rainville's Hidden History presents a well-written, engaging, and at times truly revelatory study... With a focus on local contexts, but deriving universal insights into history, heritage, memory, and preservation, Rainville's work is an exemplar of the best sort of research. Read review >

Michael Blakey, NEH Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary

Rainville takes us on a walking tour of African American cemeteries... She tells us about individual lives marked by headstones, fieldstones, and depressions in the sacred spaces where they continue to be part of a living community. She tells their stories, in slavery and freedom... Read review >

Gravestone Genealogies

Gravestones provide information about the deceased, the mourners, and broader societal beliefs about death. . . .

Community Cemeteries

Community cemeteries reveal attitudes towards death, religion, the family, and society. . . .

Events

Dr. Lynn Rainville speaks regularly at a variety of venues. Click here to see her upcoming schedule . . .