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Re: Washington Park Cemetery-St.Louis

There's more information in the Afrigeneas Archives about this cemetery. I can tell you this, some of my ancestor's were buried and lost there. When the airport bought some of the land for expansion gravesite information was posted in the newspapers to alert descendants of the removals at the airports expense. No one in my family remembered Lucy Vance, by name so her remains were not claimed. She was just Mama's Mama. My grgrandmother's remains was one of those moved to a better well kept cemetary and she has a headstone that family would not have been able to afford at the time of her death, 1948. In the same cemetery, Calvary Cemetery on West Florisaint Ave, the remains of many who were a part of Potter's Field are in one section as well as other's that were re-interred. Where there was information, it was engraved on the stone. Where there were no records found for names a series of number is engraved with a loving memory for each stone. All graves were not located to this one cemetary. I am understanding they were moved to different cemetaries all over the city and county. The St Louis Genealogy Society took the responsibility of recording all information about remains in a book and on CD where it can be viewed at the St Louis County Genealogy Library on Lindbergh. That's where I 'stumbled' on information about a great grandmother. No one in my family remembered where she was buried. There are many, many forgotton gravesites because family knowledge died with the senior members. I am presently waiting on an organization to find the burial site for a great uncle. I do not go walking around in cemetaries. They informed me they only go into the area 1 time a month when time permits. Maybe he is there also. That area you viewed seemed bad I'm sure, but the area where Harriet Scott, Dred Scott's wife is buried was even worse before it was taken from those owner's. There are volunteers who have given their time to reclaim this cemetary named Greenwood. Also I found out through a death certificate that my paternal grandfather is in Greenwood Cemetary. As we all know, respect for 'colored cemetary's is usually not a concern. You would think that family members would be more concerned about ancestor's gravesite but unless you have been 'touched' to do research about your families past, no one will know are care. When I fly out of St Louis Mo, I kind of look down in the area from the plane, and imagine one or more of those ancestor's is looking out for my safety.

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