Friday, May 4, 2018

Resting place for black veterans in disrepair

For nearly two decades, Yolanda Romero has kept a promise she made to her dying father: to keep up a historic cemetery in Lawnside, N.J., that became the final resting place for black Civil War veterans, former slaves, and those who could not be buried in white-only cemeteries. Years of neglect have taken a toll on Mount Peace Cemetery. The ground around some graves is sinking, headstones are toppled and inscriptions on some markers are no longer legible. Volunteers have made progress, but lack the funds and manpower to restore dignity. • Article

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