NORFOLK SOCIETY FOR CEMETERY CONSERVATION

          Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries.

History

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.  


Search for an interment in Calvary.

Access a listing of Calvary interments.

Learn about Norfolk Notables at Calvary.

Watch a 2015 video tour of Calvary.

See historic photos @ Tom Brickhouse's blog.

Donate Today!

Please click on the Donate button below to make a tax deductible contribution to the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation.  All funding goes directly to ongoing conservation projects within Norfolk's historic, municipal cemeteries.  NSCC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  Sign up here to become a member of NSCC.

  • Map of Calvary Circa 1900
    Map of Calvary Circa 1900
  • Calvary Main Gate
    Calvary Main Gate
  • Conservation Volunteer Cleaning Monuments
    Conservation Volunteer Cleaning Monuments
  • Monument In Need Of Repair
    Monument In Need Of Repair
  • Annual Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony
    Annual Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Calvary Veterans Lot
    Calvary Veterans Lot
  • Honoring Those Who Served
    Honoring Those Who Served
  • Calvary Office Building
    Calvary Office Building
  • Conservation Volunteer Cleaning Monuments
    Conservation Volunteer Cleaning Monuments
  • Horse & Hearse Service
    Horse & Hearse Service
  • Conservation Volunteers Cleaning Monuments
    Conservation Volunteers Cleaning Monuments
  • Deteriorating Handmade Headstones
    Deteriorating Handmade Headstones
  • Reverend Lewis Tomb Visitors
    Reverend Lewis Tomb Visitors
  • Conservation Volunteer Uncovering Buried Ledgers
    Conservation Volunteer Uncovering Buried Ledgers
  • Autumn at Calvary
    Autumn at Calvary
  • Lane Family Angel
    Lane Family Angel
Map of Calvary Circa 1900
Map of Calvary Circa 1900

Conservation

Calvary Cemetery is in great need of conservation.  Monuments have toppled; ledgers have become buried over time; and handmade, culturally significant monuments are deteriorating rapidly.  Though we cannot save them all, we can preserve some with your help.  Map-savvy volunteers are needed to assist with a cultural resource management (CRM) assessment for Calvary.  A CRM assessment will enable us to prioritize conservation projects while photographically documenting epitaphs, monuments, and other cultural objects for the historic record.  If you are interested in volunteering to help conserve Calvary Cemetery, please click here.