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African-American cemetery receives needed improvements

New improvements have recently made to the African-American Cemetery located within the Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye.

Over the summer, recent graduates of Bridge to Crafts Careers went to the cemetery for a week to clean and repair damaged headstones. In some cases they needed to unearthed some of the headstones and leveled them again.

The cemetery was established in 1860 and is the burial place for veterans from the Civil War through World War II. The last burial took place in the early 1960s. After it was closed, the cemetery fell into disrepair.

This project was undertaken as a coordination between the Town of Rye and Friends of the African American Cemeteries. To read the article about the restoration, go to: https://myrye.com/my_weblog/2021/07/stonemason-apprentices-restore-over-40-gravestones-in-ryes-african-american-cemetery.html

In addition, in October the cemetery received new signage and thanks to an Eagle Scout Project also received a new bench and flower planter.

Check out our links to  New York cemetery transcriptions and indexes at: https://www.newyorkgenlinks.com/localcemeteries/

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