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Greenlawn Memorial Park W-75 | Marker History

Greenlawn Memorial Park Marker, W-75

Greenlawn Memorial Park, located on a part of the Montrose plantation, has served as a cemetery for the Hampton and Newport News communities since 14 Feb. 1888. At the center of the cemetery is a 25-foot-high obelisk erected in 1900 to mark the mass grave of 163 reinterred Confederate prisoners of war. These soldiers died at the nearby Newport News prisoner-of-war camp between 27 Apr. and 5 July 1865. Several prominent individuals are buried here, including Raymond "Coca-Cola" Brown (1888-1979), who patented the stationary bottle opener. The cemetery was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1998 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Original sponsor fell through. Marker not cast.
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Hampton
Physical Description of Location: Marker location is an estimate at the time marker was approved by DHR. Actual location will be updated when marker is cast and erected.
GPS Location: 36.991362,-76.401461
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