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Greenwood News and Notes - Fall 2016


A message from Raphael Morris - President, Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association:

Greetings to all of the friends and supporters of Greenwood Cemetery.
As 2016 slowly comes to an end, I would first like to thank everyone who has contributed in so many ways to make this a very successful year. Even though our core group has continued to shrink, the number of groups and volunteers that we hosted this summer was sometimes overwhelming, and always challenged our meager resources. It is always gratifying to hear all of the compliments from visitors who now have been able to find their loved ones.

Yes we have come a long way, but there is still an even longer and more challenging road ahead. We still very much need the support of all of you who want to see Greenwood restored to its rightful glory. Tuesday, November 29th is #Giving Tuesday. The day where everyone is asked to support a charity or cause of their choice. I am asking that you consider supporting Greenwood with a tax deductible contribution that would enable us to purchase much needed end of season professional equipment to make our task a lot easier. With your help, the sky is the limit as to what we might be able to accomplish.
Ways you can support Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association (GCPA):
  • Giving Tuesday - 11/29/2016
    • Be a part of a nationwide campaign of giving and help GCPA
    • Click here for more info about #GivingTuesday
    • Tax deductible 
  • Amazon Smile Program
    • Amazon will donate 1% of the total of your future Amazon orders to a charitable organization such as GCPA.
    • Click here to participate in Amazon Smile. It's a FREE way to donate money!!
  • Tax Deductible Check or money order mailed to:
    • GCPA
      ​P.O. Box 266
      Florissant, MO 63032
  • Tax Deductible Online Donation via:
  • Tax Deductible In-Kind Donation
    • Mowers and trimmers in working order or near working order
    • Chainsaws, chains, bar oil
    • Gloves, goggles, bug spray etc.
A Solid Year of Progress at Greenwood:
Giving Back to Those Who Have Gone Ahead
In 2016, groups from the community as well as groups and organizations from all across the US joined us in our mission to restore Historic Greenwood Cemetery. In addition to improving the state of the hallowed grounds themselves, community/volunteer support has allowed us to pursue the purchase of a commercial mower. If you've ever spent any time cutting grass in Greenwood, you'll understand just how excited we are about this!!

We are also very pleased to report that just within the past month or so: Section 1 has been cleared, most of Section 2 has been cleared, and we've also made it further into Section H than we ever have before. We are now knocking on the door of Section K. With the clearing of Sections 1 & 2, and the work we did over the summer to reclaim Sections E, N, and O, it is now possible to stand at the top of the hill and see straight down to the houses on Myron St. This has been no small feat, and we couldn't have done it without your help.

We'd also like to give a special shout out to DeSmet Jesuit, Saint Louis University High School, and Ameren Missouri for contributing to what was our most productive and advantageous volunteer event of the year. On Oct. 1, 200+ DeSmet & SLUH fathers and sons came out to Greenwood. They put in an enormous amount of work, and in just one outing cleared a substantial portion of Section H. In addition to their diligent on-site work, this group along with Ameren Missouri managed to bring in close to $3,000 in donations to help restore Greenwood. Of course we are eternally grateful to all of our volunteers and groups, but the DeSmet & SLUH fathers and sons group and Ameren Missouri went above and beyond. Thank you for donating your time and your money to help restore dignity to the 50,000 African-Americans buried in Historic Greenwood Cemetery. 

Another exciting development in 2016 was formal historical recognition from St. Louis County. Historic Greenwood Cemetery has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004, but prior to 2016 was not recognized as such at the county level. On September 29, 2016 St. Louis County designated Greenwood Cemetery as a historical landmark. This helps increase visibility and awareness of our mission. We want to thank St. Louis County Historian, Daniel Gonzales, for working to secure this designation for Greenwood Cemetery. 


We'd also like to share with our supporters just how much progress we've made on the grounds themselves with your help.

2016 Grounds Progress:
  • New pergolas donated and built by Boeing & The Mission Continues (Sec 2 & Maywood)
  • Several benches were donated and built by Boeing & The Mission Continues throughout the grounds
  • Sections 1, E, N, and O are completely clear
  • Sections I and H are almost completely clear
  • Main cemetery roads repaired
  • Eastlawn, Westlawn, Sections A, B, C, & D remained cleared and have begun to grow healthy and beautiful turfgrass 
10/01/2016- Fathers and sons from DeSmet Jesuit and St. Louis University High School organized a day of service at Greenwood. GCPA President Raphael Morris (left) and volunteer Joe Kinsella (right) had plenty to smile about that day. Over 200 volunteers showed up and cleared a huge part of Section H.
10/01/2016 - Ameren Missouri President Michael Moehn (left) and GCPA President Raphael Morris (right) meet at the DeSmet and SLUH Fathers and Sons Day.

Mr. Moehn put the GCPA in contact with the Ameren Corporate Contributions program which resulted in a $2000 donation from Ameren Missouri. We can't say thank you enough to Mr. Moehn and Ameren Missouri!! You turned a memorable event into an unforgettable event.
Thank You!!

Since our last newsletter we'd also like to thank the following groups/organizations for coming out to Greenwood Cemetery and putting in the hard work. It is with your help that we will succeed in our mission to restore, reclaim, and return dignity to the hallowed grounds of Historic Greenwood Cemetery:
  • July 30 - Boeing/Mission Continues/Epworth
  • Aug 1 - Student Veterans of America
  • Aug 5 - Tau Delta Psi Fraternity
  • Sept 10 - UMSL Students
  • Sept 24 - UMSL Students
  • Oct 1 - DeSmet Jesuit H.S. & SLUH Fathers and Sons
  • Oct 2 - Boy Scouts Troop 352
  • Oct 8 - Thank you to all who came out for Friends and Family Day
  • Oct 22 -  Downy Avenue Christian Church Indianapolis, IN & Boys and Girls Club of Greater St Louis.

Did You Know?

There is so much history in Greenwood Cemetery and so many interesting facts and stories that our historian comes across as she does her research. In an effort to tell these stories, the 'Did You Know?' section of each newsletter will share some interesting story or fact about the 50,000 African-Americans laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Historic Greenwood Cemetery.

Did you know that buried in Greenwood Cemetery are husband and wife, William A. Smith, and Bella Mae Smith? This married couple died exactly one day apart and were both laid to rest in on the same day in 1959. Maybe the surviving spouse died of a broken heart...

Give Back to Those Who Have Gone Before

Save the date, remember to give. Your support for Historic Greenwood Cemetery matters. You can make a difference on #GivingTuesday.
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