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Two researchers, Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, the librarian of I. C. Norcom High School, and Dinah Walters, a graduate of I. C. Norcom and a family history researcher, have teamed up to put together the first and quite possibly the one and only listing of the people who are buried in the cemeteries of Mount Calvary, Mount Olive, Fisher's Hill and Potter's Field. This quiet but tranquil cemetery is located just off the Des Moines Exit at the intersection of Deep Creek and Pulaski Streets in the city of Portsmouth, Virginia. The title proper for their cemetery book is: Inscriptions in Triumph: Tombstone Inscriptions from the African American Cemeteries of Mount Calvary, Mount Olive, Fisher's Hill and Potter's Field. Actually, there may be as many as four cemeteries in this area, which city records estimate could hold as many as 13,000 gravesites. Some early signage identified the Mount Calvary Cemetery with the date of 1944. Also during the fifties, there was a black arch shaped sign near the back of the cemeteries, which identified another portion of the cemetery as "Mount Olive Cemetery." That sign has been long removed. There are over twenty pictures in the book which reads like a "Who's Who" list of the African Americans of the city who are buried in the cemetery.
The book is divided into five major sections. The key sections are: the listing, tombstone inscriptions, and the section of photographs.
Bertha Winborne-Edwards, retired librarian from the Portsmouth City Public Library said, "This book contains listings that will make interesting and informational reading for those interested in the history of Blacks in Portsmouth. It also serves as an authoritative reference tool for future generations. It consists of family names and events especially useful for locating relatives and dates. The book is truly a "labor of love" for the authors who have made the "Table of Contents" easy to use."