How many cemeteries, possibly near our own hometowns, are in need of similar help as the historical cemetery in the following article?
Historic Cemetery Needs Help
A local cemetery that serves as a burial place for African American civil war veterans is in dire need of money and maintenance.
“A lot of people say that if you don’t know where you came from you won’t know where you’re going.”
That’s the message Ray Fussell of the Lawnside Historic Society is trying to spread in order to help save an important piece of history in danger of being lost forever.
The Mount Peace Cemetery was created in 1902 on White Horse Pike in Lawnside. It serves as a burial place for African Americans who were not allowed to be buried in white cemeteries.
“These are Civil War soldiers,” said Fussell. “Black soldiers, black people couldn’t be buried anywhere they wanted to be, that’s why so many of them came here.”