From the archives: Cemetery Clean-up Drive Launched at Macedonia (1962)
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From the archives: Cemetery Clean-up Drive Launched at Macedonia (1962)

From the archives: Cemetery Clean-up Drive Launched at Macedonia (1962)

New Journal and Guide, July 21, 1962

The Oaklawn Cemetery Association launched its clean-up fund drive at a kick-off mass meeting Monday night in Macedonia AME Church here.

The meeting was attended mainly by canvassers who heard addresses by the Rev. Isaac Williams, pastor of First Baptist church, and the Rev. H. W. Bell, pastor of Macedonia Church.

The Rev. Mr. Williams stressed the important of keeping interest high by working together as citizens regardless of whether individuals have relatives buried in the cemetery or not; improvement should be looked upon as a civic project, he said.

The Rev. Mr. Bell stated that the cemetery should receive perpetual care not only because it demonstrates what we think of our love ones, but because it is in the heart of the city and is located some 200-yards just across from Market and Wellons streets, where the new City Municipal building is now being erected.

Mrs. Bettie S. Davis, association president, stated that there are some fine workers in the field thus far and they already have received some creditable reports.

Those who would like to become canvassers may contact the Rev. H. W. Bell, the Rev. L. Williams, Mrs. G. Colden, Moses A. Riddick and Mrs. Claudine Mackey.

Mrs. Davis also announced that the next meeting of the association will take place on Monday, July 30, at 8 p. m. in Macedonia Church.”

Nadia Orton

Professional genealogist and public historian. Graduate of Duke University. President of the Sacred Grounds Project, Inc. Studying historic African American cemeteries and communities.

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