Come out to Odd Fellows this warm Saturday morning to help cut wisteria vines and clear woody debris from newly opened sections of the cemetery. There’s work for every ability — thank you!
Lane Street Project: thank you!
My deep gratitude to Preservation of Wilson, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Senior Force (and visiting grandson!), and all who came out for today’s workday!
There are only four scheduled clean-ups left in Season 3. We welcome all organizations to join the work of Lane Street Project in reclaiming and restoring historic Odd Fellows Cemetery. Wilson’s history lies here.
Photo courtesy of Anne Sauerborn Joyner.
Lane Street Project: sponsor a marker.
Want to help Lane Street Project, but you’re nowhere near Wilson? Adopt a headstone!
For the discounted rate of $50, Foster Stone and Cemetery Care will clean, stabilize, and reset a headstone in Odd Fellows or Rountree Cemeteries. Billy Foster has more than “20 years of experience honoring the memory of loved ones” and in just a few weeks has already transformed the appearance of Odd Fellows.
Newly cleaned and reset grave markers gleaming in the evening light. Photo courtesy of Billy Foster, Foster Stone and Cemetery Care.
These markers are among those available for sponsorship:
- Hood S. Phillips
Hood S. Phillips was a barber. His wife Phillis Phillips was probably buried nearby, but we have not yet found her marker. Phillips’ marker will be cleaned and set upright, and the small collapsed area at the grave filled in.
- Walter M. Foster
Walter M. Foster‘s beautiful white marble headstone has a splintered corner that needs repair. Foster worked as a fireman (one who tended the fire to run a boiler, heat a building, or power a steam engine) for Hackney Wagon Company.
- Lula Dew Wooten
Lula Dew Wooten‘s headstone is perhaps my favorite in all of Odd Fellows. A simple rectangle with softly rounded shoulders and delicate engraving, the marker needs only cleaning and straightening. Wooten was a dressmaker, and her husband Simeon Wooten is likely buried nearby.
- Nettie Foster
Nettie Foster‘s headstone badly needs cleaning.
- H.B. Taylor
H.B. Taylor has not been identified. (He was not Rev. Halley B. Taylor, minister of Calvary Presbyterian Church for several years.) Taylor’s marker, which bears symbols of both the Masons and Odd Fellows, needs cleaning and straightening.
If you’re interested in sponsoring these or another marker, you can CashApp fifty dollars to $blackwideawake, Venmo to @lanestreetproject, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment otherwise. Contributions less than $50 will be pooled — so no amount is too small!
Lane Street Project: thank you, WNCT9!
It’s up, folks!! I could talk about Lane Street Project all day, and WNCT9 journalist Ryan Harper generously captured 16 minutes’ worth of my passion. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce more eastern North Carolinians to what LSP volunteers are doing and why — and to enlist your help!
Video link here.
Lane Street Project: Season 3, January 14.
Season 3’s first workday was a success!
Our usual multiracial, multigenerational collection of local volunteers was augmented by a several out-of-town guests, including a large group from AgBiome in Research Triangle Park, invited by LSP committee member Raven S. Farmer!
Looking into Odd Fellows cemetery near the Thomas family plot. Two years ago, there was a solid wall of shrubs, vines, and saplings just beyond Sarah Thomas’ headstone at left. At the beginning of last year, there was an impenetrable tangle of honeysuckle and wisteria in the middle distance. Thanks to all who’ve helped us get this far!
Sincere Wright, his son Israel, Raven S. Farmer, and Briggs Sherwood — ready to receive our guest volunteers!
Sign-in yesterday morning.
Clearing last summer’s wisteria growth around Hood Phillips‘ headstone.
Some of yesterday’s volunteers, including the AgBiome crew!
Ready for pick-up!
The next three workdays are January 28, February 11, and February 25!
Photos courtesy of Raven S. Farmer, Castonoble Hooks, and Sincere Wright.
Lane Street Project: our story.
Technological miscues last night prevented me from reaching the question-and-answer portion of my LSP presentation, but I did manage to record my exposition on the history of the Lane Street Project cemeteries and the Project itself. Please send me any questions you have about our work, and I’ll answer promptly.
The Season 3 kick-off clean-up is Saturday, January 14, and we hope to see you there!
Lane Street Project: the MLK weekend kick-off!
Lane Street Project: the environment.
I understand that poking around in cemeteries is not for everyone. Might I interest you, then, in a creek cleanup?
This is Sandy Creek. Yesterday, just past Rountree Cemetery, I shepherded a snapping turtle from the middle of street to the curb, then watched it tip itself headlong into this filth. Like the other waterways of East Wilson — branches of Hominy Swamp and Toisnot Swamp — the pollution in Sandy Creek is atrocious. That any animal, much less one as large and ancient as a dinner-plate-sized turtle, is able to survive in this soup is a miracle, but does life need to be so hard?
Lane Street Project: May 14 and 21 cleanups.
Lane Street Project: April 23 cleanup.
A small, but efficient, crew showed up for today’s cleanup at Odd Fellows, and we continued to make deep inroads into the tangle of privet and wisteria that enshroud the cemetery’s midsection.
To accommodate May holidays, Season 2’s final cleanup days are May 14 and 21. Please join us!
Beta Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was again there strong! Samuel H. Vick was a founding member of the chapter. I challenge other fraternities and fraternal organizations to match the Ques’ commitment to community service!
It was a beautiful day for making a difference.
The Senior Force cleared out the pile I discovered in January 2020 and featured in a recent post.
Briggs Sherwood and Castonoble Hooks work to pull wisteria from a gum tree it is smothering.
The terrible beauty of wisteria.
Photographs by Lisa Y. Henderson, April 2022.