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Brackett, Remus

Name: Brackett, Remus
Sex: M
Birth: 1825
Death: 7 Dec 1899
Marker: No
Spouse(s): Mary Ann Brackett
Parents: Renns and Betsy Brackett
Children: Isabella, Frances, Robert, Sarah, Ann

(Charlottesville, Virginia)
Thursday December 7, 1899
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Remus Brackett and his twin brother Romulus Brackett were among the enslaved workers who built towering embankments and prepared and maintained track beds on the Blue Ridge Railroad near the tunnel. We have not located a marker for Mr. Remus Brackett (1825-1899), but we believe that he is buried at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery alongside his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Brackett.

Mary E. Lyons has written about the Brackett twins and the Blue Ridge Railroad on her Blue Ridge Tunnel Books Facebook page and in her books The Blue Ridge Tunnel: A Remarkable Engineering Feat In Antebellum Virginia (2014), The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad (2015), and Slave Labor On Virginia’s Blue Ridge Railroad (2020).

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