GEORGETOWN’S HISTORIC AFRICAN
FEMALE UNION BAND SOCIETY
HISTORIC MEMORIAL PARK, INC.
a vision for our future
We have an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover nearly two centuries of lost African American history in Georgetown and to develop a historic memorial park as a sacred space for quiet reflection and respectful commemoration of the past.
A place to promote unity, appreciation, and most of all to EDUCATE: to remember and preserve the heritage, contributions, and sacrifices these founders of Georgetown made during their lifetimes; and provide insight to their families and the community in which they lived during a time of deep segregation.
With Giving Tuesday Around the Corner, Please Consider Our Cemeteries in Your Gift Giving Plans
#GivingTuesday Your generosity will help preserve our sacred burial grounds and support our education programs. You can assist us by enrolling in the Amazon Smile program, or by funding one or more of the volunteer-led initiatives described below. THANK YOU for your support!
A Gift of Landscaping Materials
Your donation of $25, $50, $75, or $100 will fund much-needed landscaping materials such as gravel, topsoil, mulch, and grass seed. Your support enables our volunteers to keep our grounds safe for visitors, address erosion caused by stormwater and ground subsidence, and stabilize monuments.
A Gift of Gravestone Restoration
Your donation of $75 will fund restorative cleaning, mending, and remounting of a historic gravestone, such as Matilda Cartwright’s, the daughter of freed slave, Lewis Cartwright (both interred in the Female Union Band Society Cemetery)
A Gift of Bench Restoration
Your donation of $250 will fund the restoration of one of the benches used by visitors to contemplate and reflect on the lives of those interred in the burial grounds. Your support enables volunteers to clean and repaint ironwork, replace old, splintered wood slats and rusty hardware, and re-level concrete foundations.
A Gift of Restorative Headstone Cleaning
Your donation of $25 will fund the cleaning of two historic gravestones or monument artifacts. Your support provides volunteers with the tools and materials needed to restoratively clean headstones.
For Information on the other ways you can financially support the preservation and restoration of the burial grounds, and our awareness and education programs, please read our "Support Us" resource.
Installation of the National Registry of Historic Places Designation Sign in The Female Union Band Society Cemetery
The Foundation is seeking to place our NRHP designation plaque in the entrance area of the Female Union Band Society Cemetery private property. The addition of the plaque:
Conveys to the public the NRHP recognition given to the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Cemeteries
Informs visitors that the “park-like” and wooded grounds before them are in fact a sacred historic burial ground for thousands of individuals
Provides visitors information about the history of the cemeteries, the lives, and contributions made by the interred to the establishment of Georgetown and to the transition of the United States to a post-slavery era
The NRHP Sign supports the Mount Zion - Female Union Band Society Cemeteries Foundation's goal of the burial grounds being a living historic memorial
Click here for more information about the installation of the plaque / sign stand