Holly Memorial Gardens

Association: Holly Memorial Association
No. of Markers: 81 (View)
No. of Individuals: 105 (View)
Location: Hollymead, Charlottesville, Albemarle Co.

The Holly Memorial Gardens Cemetery is one of the most recent cemeteries in this project. The Memorial Gardens were founded in 1959 and have expanded continuously ever since. This cemetery has thousands of burials, but only African- American burials are listed here. The list of African Americans was obtained from the J.F. Bell Funeral Database, which listed 93 individuals who died between 1975 and 2001. Because these burials are very recent, they represent changes in gravemarker design, such as carved metal markers (often down with lazers) and an abundance of motifs.

Most of the stones are flush to the ground (a common practice in contemporary cemeteries which emphasize a 'park like' environment and increase the ease of groundskeeping duties by designing horizontal markers, including a hollow space for the storage of the flower urn during mowing). Most stones contain a slab of metal, set within granite, and securely anchored to the ground. Spaces are sold by plot and a record is kept of each burial location (which enabled us to locate the 93 burials that we were interested in among thousands of other graves).