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Calvary Cemetery was established as a burial ground for Norfolk's African American citizens on January 9, 1877. Calvary is a 68 acre outdoor museum of African American history in Norfolk. For nearly a century, most of Norfolk's African American citizens were interred at Calvary as there were no other burial options available to African Americans in Norfolk until the mid-1970s. Epitaphs document the lives of every level of African American society from doctors and lawyers, to sailors and laborers.

Today, Calvary serves as both a place of remembrance and a chronology of the many important contributions of Norfolk's African American citizens to the history of our great City.

Notable Burials in Calvary Cemetery

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 1600 St. Julian Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504

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