Historical African American cemeteries/graves; disbursement of funds appropriated for preservation. (HB1547)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Historical African American cemeteries and graves. Directs the distribution of funds appropriated for the purpose to qualifying nonprofit organizations that preserve historical African American cemeteries established before 1900. The funding formula is $5, or the average actual cost of routine maintenance, multiplied by the number of graves, monuments, and markers of African Americans who lived at any time between 1800 and 1900 and are interred in the cemetery. The bill lists two cemeteries, East End Cemetery in Henrico County and Evergreen Cemetery in the City of Richmond, that are to receive any funds appropriated for a total of 6,975 gravesites.


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101511D
12/29/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/11/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1547)
01/12/2017Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/18/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/25/2017Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2017Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2017Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Read third time
02/16/2017Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1547ER)
02/20/2017Signed by Speaker
02/21/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1547ER)
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/03/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 270 (effective 7/1/17)
03/03/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0270)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.


Jill Williams writes:

These cemeteries are an important part of Virginia history. If the legislature is already funding a Confederate portion of Oakwood Cemetery and contributing public money to various Confederate history groups, surely it should help with the care of these African American cemeteries as well. This bill should be passed.