Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hampton Roads communities wrestle with Confederate legacy, history

From Virginia-

At St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, almost 150 Confederate soldiers are buried in the church cemetery. A monument honoring them has stood amid the graves since 1902. Jim Tormey, a local historian who has written a book about the church, said he is not aware of any conflicts regarding the monument.

"There are people who inquire about specific individuals buried here," Tormey said. "But they are interested in the context of the lives more than anything else."

Tormey said the Confederate graves are marked with the symbol of the Maltese cross, while those that date to the Revolutionary War have different symbols. He said there is no formal tradition of placing flags or wreaths on any of the graves at St. John's.

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