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April 2021

Guilford Quarry Cemetery Spring Cleanup Day

April 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Guilford Cemetery, 9145 Guilford Road
Columbia, MD 21046 United States
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Join us for a spring cleanup of this historic cemetery. Originally a Polton/Carroll family cemetery from the early 1800s there are dozens of African American burials consistent with those that were enslaved. Help us solve this mystery by maintaining access to their grave sites. We will rake leaves and bag them and put branches along the retaining wall and pull any weeds we can. Bring gloves, rakes, and extra lawn bags if you have them as well as a water…

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May 2021

Coalition Annual Meeting and Cemetery Conference

May 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our meeting and conference will take place virtually via ZOOM. Join us online for the Virtual Conference Saturday, May 1, 2021 The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. REGISTER ONLINE or by MAIL-IN FORM A Zoom link will be emailed to all who register.  

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Tanyard/Franklin Cemetery Clean-up Day

May 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tanyard Cemetery, 5905 Deale Beach Rd
Deale, MD 20733 United States
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Rain date: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Learn more about the history of the cemetery Refreshments provided Sponsored by Elinor Thompson and Franklin United Methodist Church In partnership with Off-Kiltered Riding Club, James R. Trader Foundation For Maryland Burial Sites, Linthicum Chapel Cemetery, Inc. and Synn Crafter, Inc. Contact: Contact: Limited parking so carpooling is necessary Location: Near 5905 Deale-Beach Road, Deale, Maryland 20733 - LOOK FOR SIGNS! Tools needed: Heavy Work Gloves, Rakes,…

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Old Detmold Cemetery – Lonaconing, MD

May 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Old Detmold Cemetery, Farm Hill Rd SW
Lonaconing, MD 21539 United States
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Cleanup Day at the Old Detmold Cemetery. This is a secluded cemetery that hasn't been cleaned in forever. We need: Weed Wackers Rakes Chainsaws, Fuel, and Bar Oil Work gloves Water Lunch Shovels 4-Wheel Drive truck and lots of help! This is Memorial Day Weekend, and we will be honoring Revolutionary War Veteran Privet Samuel Jackson of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Continental Army (who is buried here). We also need to attempt to establish the borders of the cemetery.…

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September 2021

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Researching Baltimore’s Historic Laurel Cemetery

September 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Laurel Cemetery was incorporated in 1852 as the first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans in Baltimore, quickly becoming a popular place of burial across Black Baltimore’s socioeconomic spectrum. After changing ownership several times, the last owners failed to maintain the property and declared bankruptcy in 1952. The cemetery was demolished in 1958 to make room for the development of a shopping center amid controversy and outrage from the African American community. University of Baltimore and Coppin State University faculty and…

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October 2021

Savage Cemetery Cleanup Day

October 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Savage Cemetery, 8850 Carrollton Avenue
Savage, MD 20763 United States
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Please join us at Savage Cemetery for a day of cleaning and sprucing up. Refreshments will be provided and volunteers are reminded to bring work gloves.

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Symposium on Researching African Americans in Newspapers

October 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The University of Maryland Libraries invites you to attend an online symposium on Researching African Americans in Newspapers on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 2:00–4:30pm EST. All are welcome to attend. Please register at:;!!I2-OFBIJoQBJqqeup9g!TAOtrK6ADKIZDdioK8r1m7tb16tFV_X65N2RoOz8MrtD07PE3cpWSzxbelpSCbqqBygwbX3VgE8$ Guest speakers will include: Maya Davis, Director of the Riversdale House Museum in PG County Tim Pinnick, Independent Scholar, Lecturer, Author, and Entrepreneur This program is sponsored by The Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project. We look forward to seeing…

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November 2021

Hard Histories Seminars: Mount Auburn Cemetery

November 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Zoom Presentation

Join Martha S. Jones and the Hard Histories Project for a “works-in-progress” discussion with Kami Fletcher about her forthcoming book project on Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first Black-owned and operated cemetery in Maryland. This virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All registered attendees will receive an emailed pre-circulated paper about one week before the event to facilitate a Q&A. Kami Fletcher is an associate professor of American and African American history and co-coordinator…

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December 2021

Lunch and Learn: Frederick’s “Stories in Stone” (Online)

December 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Frederick’s Mount Olivet Cemetery is “a museum without walls.” Opened in 1854 as part of the famed "Garden Cemetery Movement," Mount Olivet was clearly a progressive endeavor for a small town such as Frederick at the time. Today, Mount Olivet remains active as a site of over 40,000 burials while readily welcoming "tombstone tourists," family genealogists and reverent recreation lovers. As a mirror on Frederick’s past, it reflects people buried here having unique ties to local, state and national events.…

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April 2022

Savage Cemetery Cleanup Day – April 9th

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Savage Cemetery, 8850 Carrollton Avenue
Savage, MD 20763 United States
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Please join the Savage Cemetery Company for their Spring cleanup event.  Be sure to bring work gloves, snacks, and drinks. Date is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Black Cemeteries By Rock Creek Conservancy

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

With the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in April, exploring the relationship between Black cemeteries and Rock Creek Park is an important way to understand the legacies of the emancipated individuals buried in these cemeteries. Understanding Black cemeteries can be complex, but looking at how the land is recognized and how people view those buried in these cemeteries gives us better insight. Often the case with African American cemeteries, remains have not been treated with care. Understanding how cemeteries…

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May 2022

Coalition Annual Meeting and Cemetery Conference

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us via Zoom for the 2002 Conference Saturday, May 7, 2022 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! You must register to receive an email with the Zoom link for this event.  

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McKendree Cemetery Meeting & Cleanup Day

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
McKendree Cemetery, 14000 Frederick Rd
West Friendship, MD 21794 United States
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Please join us for a meeting at McKendree Cemetery! Bring chairs and show up early and help with a brief cemetery cleanup. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jesse Walter at 240-472-1561 or email In case of rain, when we meet at the cemetery, we will go to Lisbon United Methodist Church, 15875 Frederick Road, Lisbon, MD 21765  

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June 2022

Cemetery Conservation & Restoration 2-Day Workshop

June 4 - June 5
Whipps Garden Cemetery, 3651 St. Johns Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042 United States
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Interested in historic cemeteries?  Whipps Garden Cemetery is sponsoring a 2-day cemetery conservation and preservation workshop. Mr. Robert Mosko, a conservator and cemetery expert, will lead a full day lecture and classroom instruction on day 1. On day 2, Mr. Mosko will lead the group in hands-on field work at Whipps Garden Cemetery applying what was taught the previous day. If interested in attending, please send us an email and we will keep you posted on details. Check our…

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Morningstar Moses Cemetery Clean-up Day

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Morningstar Moses Cemetery, 8005 Cypress Grove Lane
Cabin John, MD 20818 United States
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VOLUNTEERS AGES 15 AND UP Eligible for SSL Hours (Bring Forms for Signature) Water and Snacks Provided Note:  Volunteer Participation is at Your Own Risk Signed Waiver Required of All Participants   Your participation is critical to the success of this clean-up day and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect this important historical site. Due to the sensitive nature of this site, the number of volunteers permitted on the grounds at any one time may be limited.  To Prepare for…

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