Monthly Archives: February 2019

Marion Barry

  Civil Rights pioneer. “Mayor for life.” These are just two of Marion Barry’s notable achievements. On March 6, 1936, Marion Barry, Jr. (Range 20, Site 191) was born to Mattie Carr and Marion Barry, Sr. in Itta Bena, Mississippi. … Continue reading

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The Pearl

Introduction Our blog posts over the last several weeks have focused on African-Americans interred at Congressional Cemetery. As promised, this week’s blog entry focuses on The Pearl. While relatives of Ann and Lucy Bell are directly involved in the events … Continue reading

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African American Women at Congressional Cemetery Part 2

Betsy Jane Fairfax (Range 86, Site 315) Betsy Jane Fairfax was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Fairfax was born into slavery and served the Swingle family for 80 years. She traveled with the Reed family, who were related to the … Continue reading

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