Coming Back from the Brink
Many small cemeteries that do not have endowments have become neglected over the years. But sometimes, a group of dedicated volunteers get together to do something about that. Two historic African-American cemeteries in St. Louis are currently under the care of such volunteers.
Father Dickson Cemetery, Crestwood. This cemetery fell into ruin during the latter part of the 20th century, but in 1988, the Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery organization was formed to help preserve this property. Several prominent local African-Americans are buried in the cemetery, including James Milton Turner, founder of Lincoln University and first U.S. Ambassador to Liberia. Information on this cemetery can be found online here, including information on where you may make donations to help the Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery keep the property well-maintained.
We are excited that the man who has been the driving force in maintaining the Father Dickson Cemetery for the past thirty years, Ernest Jordan, will be talking about our Swarm into Summer event on August 25, 2018. Come and hear him speak on his efforts and the importance of maintaining these smaller cemeteries.
Greenwood Cemetery, Hillsdale. Founded in 1874, this 31.85 acre cemetery is the last resting place of Harriet Robinson Scott, the wife of Dred Scott, and 50,000 other African-Americans. It was the first non-sectarian African-American cemetery in St. Louis. The cemetery was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2004. Their website is located here.
Both these cemeteries are being cared for by dedicated volunteers who operate the cemeteries solely from donations. Consider making a donation to one or both of them; your donation will help maintain an important legacy in the St. Louis area that deserves to be known and should not be forgotten.