In the absence of any formal records, I’ve been working on creating a database of known and likely burials in Odd Fellows, Rountree, and Vick Cemeteries. I’ve also been thinking about ways to reinforce in the public imagination Lane Street Project’s reclamation of these sacred spaces.
To date, we have discovered 76 legible grave markers in Odd Fellows. Though there are surely hundreds more, this Black History Month, we will tie memorial ribbons and call the name of each man, woman, and child we know are buried here. They are not forgotten.
Please join us for a pop-up workday, Wednesday, February 8, from 1:00-3:00 PM. I’ll be in town; hope to see you there.