Historic family cemetery in Hampton gets $100,000 grant

May 8, 2018

A state land conservation agency has agreed to provide a $100,000 grant that will go toward the preservation and maintenance of a historic family cemetery in the Aberdeen Gardens section of Hampton.

The present-day Tucker family, which claims a blood line that can be traced to the first recorded birth of an African child in English-speaking North America, will receive the grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in exchange for an easement through which the foundation will protect the land in perpetuity.

“Our history is alive and well,” said Vincent Tucker of Chesterfield, president of the William Tucker 1624 Society. “It’s so important that we are always able to point to our legacy and say that we are still here. This is a major step for us, and we are very excited.”

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