The Alleghany Historical Society and the McClinton Foundation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday with the dedication of a plaque that recognizes the existence of a Slave Allotment of plots at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Covington.
The program of dedication will begin at 1 p.m. Monday.
The site of the Slave Allotment is on the southeastern part of the cemetery on the road separating the cemetery from the Covington Church of Christ.
“The Alleghany Historical Society and its board member, Dr. Calvin McClinton, founder of the McClinton Foundation, have been discussing the
importance of erecting a plaque that recognizes the Slave Allotment at Cedar Hill Cemetery,” said Dr. Paul Linkenhoker, president of the Alleghany Historical Society. “The board voted to proceed, and Dr. McClinton and I developed the wording on the plaque.
Dr. Linkenhoker noted that many of the slave graves at the cemetery are unmarked.
Organizers request that all attendees follow COVID-19 guidelines by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
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