National historic landmark dedicated in Church Hill after lengthly restoration process

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A national historic landmark at St. John’s church was dedicated Friday after a lengthy restoration process.

The Robert Rose Monument, the earliest visible grave marker at the church, dates back to 1751.

Through the years the grave has deteriorated due to environmental factors and was in dire need of attention to preserving its place in history.

The St. John’s Church Foundation says this is a trend seen at many historic grave sites.

“The monument brings to light issues a lot of us with historic cemeteries are having with deteriorated monuments and tombstones,” said St. John’s Church Foundation Executive Director, Sarah Whiting. “So we really needed to restore this monument because over the years it had become un-level, it was disintegrating in some parts, and it just needed to be restored and conserved.”

The dedication of the restored monument is happened Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the church on East Broad Street.

This date was picked for the event because it marks the 266th anniversary of Robert Rose’s Death.

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