- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An African-American cemetery in Harrisonburg is among six historical places being recognized by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The Newtown Cemetery and five other historic places are being memorialized with highway markers issued by the department. The cemetery was founded in 1869 and is still in use today. Members of the Civil War-era U.S. Colored Troops are buried at Newtown, as well as veterans from the world wars and Korean and Vietnam wars.

The historical markers are also highlighting African-American history in Lynchburg and Sussex County. A girls’ summer camp in Bath County and a base in Accomack County that briefly contributed to shoreline defenses during World War II also are being recognized.

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