Vernon Peterson, sitting on the stone wall surrounding Rock Hill Cemetery, has been the caretaker of the all-black burial ground for nearly half of its 122-year existence. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Those are just two of the many remarkable bits of information in Josh du Lac’s masterful piece in today’s newspaper, and you should read it immediately. This is why they make The Washington Post, not for some goofball blog.

Here is a link to a superb gallery of photos by staff photographer Tracy Woodward.

Vernon Peterson, Erin Nicole Peterson's grandfather, shows where Erin's sister Carla is buried, right next to Erin. (TRACY A WOODWARD/TWP)