Lenora C. McQueen stands in the forgotten Grave Yard for Free People of Colour and For Slaves during a visit to Richmond. Behind her is the vacant, graffiti-marked mechanic’s shop at 1305 N. 5th St. In the background is the Hebrew Cemetery and the former white Richmond Alms House that now holds apartments for seniors.
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A long closed mechanic’s shop sits on a hilltop at 5th and Hospital streets north of Downtown — just a stone’s thrown from the handsome, historic and well-tended private Hebrew and public Shockoe Hill cemeteries.