Newport News City
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Greenlawn Memorial Park, formerly known as Greenlawn Cemetery, is a 50-acre cemetery located where two natural streams, Mill Dam Creek and Salters Creek, come together. The cemetery has been in continuous operation serving Newport News and Hampton since 1888. There are approximately 20,000 burials in the cemetery. At the center of the cemetery is a 25-foot obelisk erected in 1900 marking the mass grave of 163 Confederate Prisoners of War, re-interred there in 1900. These were POWs who died in the nearby Newport News U.S. POW processing camp between April 27, 1865 and July 5, 1865 under the command of Union Col. J. Ham Davidson. At the foot of this monument is a granite ledger with the names, rank, state and unit of each soldier. Soldiers from 13 southern states are represented. The cemetery office building is a 1936 Sears Catalog home. This cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.