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Dec 14, 2023

Resting in Resilience: Preserving African American Burial Grounds (Panel Discussion)

Map showing the Collect Pond, the "Negros Burial Ground" and the future location of the Five Points intersection.

The preservation of African American cemeteries and burial grounds is an important and multifaceted issue that highlights both historical and contemporary challenges. These sacred sites often serve as tangible representations of African American history, providing insight into the experiences and contributions of this community throughout various periods.

However, many of these cemeteries face significant threats to their preservation, including neglect, vandalism, and insufficient resources for maintenance and protection. Join in on this discussion surrounding the preservation of African American cemeteries and burial grounds involves addressing systemic inequalities, raising awareness about their historical significance, and implementing proactive measures to ensure their long-term preservation and recognition within the broader cultural landscape.

Panelists: Dr. Rhondda Thomas, Tom Chapman, Diane Brown Townes, Lorenzo Dickerson, and Grant Mishoe