An outdoor event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10 to place markers on the unmarked graves of the Cedar Street Cemetery in Mount Holly Springs.
The public is welcome to attend the event hosted by the Mt. Tabor Preservation Project and Dickinson College’s Department of Environmental Sciences. Organizers are asking those planning to attend to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
The event is the culmination of two years of research on the site to identify unmarked burials and to honor those buried in the hallowed ground, said Lindsay Houpt-Varner, a board member of the Mt. Tabor Preservation Project.
Dickinson College professor Jorden Hayes will be on site to discuss her classes work and to give demonstrations of the ground-penetrating radar equipment that was used to locate potential burial sites.
Volunteers from the Mt. Tabor Preservation Project will then place flags on the unmarked graves. These flags will later be replaced by solar lights to add a visual reminder of the 50-plus people buried in the cemetery.
The Cedar Street Cemetery is closely tied to the former Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church and to an African-American community that once thrived in Mount Holly Springs, Houpt-Varner said. She added the cemetery served as the segregated cemetery in the borough and is located on the same street as the church, which is currently undergoing preservation efforts.
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