Shockoe Hill Cemetery – A Richmond Landmark History
Established in 1822, Shockoe Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many famous and infamous icons of Richmond. Most visited is the tomb of Chief Justice John Marshall, the longest-serving chief justice of the United States, who elevated the Supreme Court to equal standing with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew operated an extensive espionage ring during the Civil War and though reviled in life by many who resented her activities, she rests prominently near her elite neighbors. The burial places of friends and foster family offer a glimpse into Edgar Allan Poe's personal story. Author Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White charts the history of the celebrated cemetery and brings to life the stories of those buried there.
About Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White (Richmond, Virginia Author)
Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White is an award-winning journalist, historian and educator with deep roots in Virginia. She was editor of the magazine the Virginia Review for 25 years where she traveled all over Virginia interviewing state and local officials from local courthouses to the statehouse in Richmond. This work, and the wonderful people she met along the way, has given her valuable insights into Virginia’s rich culture and history.
In 2011, she became accredited as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond. She has since created and taught a curriculum for both the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the Osher Institute. These courses are for busy individuals who desire to learn more about and contribute to their community.
She has served on many nonprofit boards of directors including the Press Women of Virginia and the Eppington Foundation. Most recently, as a volunteer she has designed an interpretive strategy for historic Battersea in Petersburg, Virginia, a rare architectural Palladian form villa dating to 1768.
She has worked with and for most major museums in the Richmond region, and continues to develop skills as a historical educator and interpreter at sites like the Library of Virginia, John Marshall House, St. John’s Church, Valentine Museum, and Edgar Allan Poe Museum.