Historic White Rock Cemetery Tour

  • Oct 22, 2022 - Apr 15, 2023
  • White Rock Cemetery

    2401 High Street
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
Ticket Price Free This event is now over

Explore the first independent African American cemetery in Lynchburg, established in 1882 by Jackson Street Methodist Church. During a period when racial segregation extended even into death, White Rock Cemetery provided Lynchburg’s Black citizens with a place to ensure a safe and respectful burial for their families.


Today, the cemetery provides us with the opportunity to explore the lives of people who shaped Lynchburg’s history, but whose stories have been overlooked or forgotten. Learn about ministers, teachers, craftspeople, civic leaders, and veterans, including namesake of Jefferson Park Thomas R. Jefferson, small business owner and cemetery caretaker Matilda Blair, and Congolese native Ota Benga.


Tours are free, but reservations are required in advance. Call (434) 455–6226 or visit LynchburgMuseum.org/walking-tours to reserve your spot. Each tour is limited to 20 people. Tour includes walking off-road on irregular terrain, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.


Tour Guide: Laura Crowe, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide


Where to Meet: Inside cemetery, along roadway between Harvey and Blair Streets (use 2401 High Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504, for GPS)


Parking: Free parking inside cemetery

Date & Time

Oct 22, 2022 - Apr 15, 2023

Venue Details

White Rock Cemetery

2401 High Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 White Rock Cemetery
Lynchburg Museum Foundation

Established in 1998, the Lynchburg Museum Foundation is the non-profit support organization for the Lynchburg Museum System, which manages the public museums and archives of the City of Lynchburg. The Foundation supports the Museum System in its role as the city’s primary center for collecting, interpreting, preserving, and sharing local history and culture. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as recognized by the IRS. Its mission is to conduct activities to support and assist the growth and development of the Lynchburg Museum System.