Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate Became Law
12/27/2019        

Historical African American cemeteries; adds a cemetery in Montgomery County and City of Radford.

Adds one cemetery in Montgomery County and one in the City of Radford to the list of cemeteries for which qualified organizations may receive funds from the Department of Historic Resources for the care of historical African American cemeteries and graves. The cemeteries are the Wake Forest Cemetery in Montgomery County, which contains 40 eligible graves, and the Mountain View Cemetery in Radford, which contains 89 eligible graves.

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01/21/2020 House: Printed as engrossed 20100680D-E Open
12/27/2019 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100680D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20100680D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 210
    House Amendments in [ ] � January 21, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 10.1-2211.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to historical African American cemeteries; Montgomery County and City of Radford.
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    Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Hurst
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    Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 10.1-2211.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    10.1-2211.2. Disbursement of funds appropriated for caring for historical African American cemeteries and graves.

    A. For purposes of this section:

    "Historical African American cemetery" means a cemetery that was established prior to January 1, 1900, for interments of African Americans.

    "Qualified organization" means a charitable corporation, charitable association, or charitable trust that has been granted tax-exempt status under � 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and whose primary purpose is the preservation of historical cemeteries and graves or any person or locality that owns a historical African American cemetery.

    B. At the direction of the Director, the Comptroller of the Commonwealth shall draw an annual warrant upon the State Treasurer from any sum that may be provided in the general appropriation act in favor of the treasurer of a qualified organization caring for any cemetery set forth in this subsection. Such appropriations shall be allocated on the basis of the number of graves, monuments, and markers in a cemetery of African Americans who lived at any time between January 1, 1800, and January 1, 1900, the dates to be determined by reference to grave markers or, at the discretion of the Director, other historical records. Such number of graves, monuments, and markers, as set forth opposite the cemetery name or as documented by the qualified organization, shall be multiplied by the rate of $5 or the average actual cost of routine maintenance of a grave, monument, or marker, whichever is greater, to determine the amount of the allocation. The Department shall determine the average actual cost of routine maintenance of a grave, monument, or marker in a biennial survey of at least four properly maintained cemeteries, each located in a different geographical region of the Commonwealth.

    IN THE COUNTY OF:

    NUMBER:

    Henrico

     

    East End Cemetery

    4,875

    Loudoun

     

    African-American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont

    44

    Montgomery

     

    Wake Forest Cemetery

    40

     

    [ Westview Cemetery

    47 ]

    Pulaski

     

    New River Cemetery

    33

    West Dublin Cemetery

    44

    IN THE CITY OF:

    NUMBER:

    Alexandria

     

    Baptist Cemetery of the African American Heritage Park

    28

    Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery

    631

    Douglass Cemetery

    83

    Lebanon Union Cemetery

    53

    Methodist Protestant Cemetery

    1,134

    Penny Hill Cemetery

    14

    Charlottesville

     

    Daughters of Zion Cemetery

    192

    Hampton

     

    Bassettes Cemetery

    212

    Elmerton Cemetery

    339

    Good Samaritan Cemetery

    37

    Pleasant Shade Cemetery

    29

    Queen Street Cemetery

    14

    Tucker Family Cemetery

    15

    Union Street Cemetery

    125

    Martinsville

     

    Matthews Cemetery

    8

    The Peoples Cemetery

    178

    Smith Street Cemetery

    9

    Portsmouth

     

    Mt. Calvary Cemetery

    266

    Radford

     

    Mountain View Cemetery

    [ 89 91 ]

    Richmond

     

    Evergreen Cemetery

    2,100

    Suffolk

     

    Oak Lawn Cemetery

    468

    C. An organization receiving funds shall expend the funds for the routine maintenance of its historical African American cemetery and its graves and the erection of and caring for markers, memorials, and monuments to the memory of such African Americans.

    D. Each qualified organization, through its proper officer, shall after July 1 of each year submit to the Director a certified statement that the funds appropriated to the organization during the preceding fiscal year were or will be expended for the purposes set forth in subsection C. No organization that fails to comply with any of the requirements of this section shall receive moneys allocated under this section for any subsequent fiscal year until the organization fully complies with the requirements.

    E. In addition to funds that may be provided pursuant to subsection B, any organization set forth in subsection B may apply to the Director for a grant to perform extraordinary maintenance, renovation, repair, or reconstruction of any of its historical African American cemeteries and graves. Such a grant shall be made from any appropriation made available by the General Assembly for such purpose.

    F. Any locality may receive and hold funds drawn pursuant to subsection B on behalf of any qualified organization until such time as the organization is able to receive or utilize such funds. No local matching funds shall be required for any grants made pursuant to this section.

    G. The owner of a historical African American cemetery shall reasonably cooperate with a qualified organization that receives funds pursuant to subsection B.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Chris L. Hurst D-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/23/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
    01/22/2020 House House: VOTE: (100-Y 0-N)
    01/21/2020 House House: Printed as engrossed 20100680D-E
    01/15/2020 House House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
    12/27/2019 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100680D
    12/27/2019 House House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
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    Adds one cemetery in Montgomery County and one in the City of Radford to the list of cemeteries for which qualified organizations may receive funds from the Department of Historic Resources for the care of historical African American cemeteries and graves. The cemeteries are the Wake Forest Cemetery in Montgomery County, which contains 40 eligible graves, and the Mountain View Cemetery in Radford, which contains 89 eligible graves.
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    2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to historical African American cemeteries; Montgomery County and City of Radford


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