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.
Please Join Us And Participate in a "48 States
(and A District!) in 48 Days" Historic Cemeteries Gravestone Preservation & Restoration Workshop
On October 6th, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM, the Mt. Zion - Female Union Band Society Historic Cemeteries Memorial Park will host Jon Appel and sponsor organizations for a Workshop on "How to restore and perform different types of repairs for the most common problems associated with gravestones, monuments and stonework".
The Workshop is part of our commitment to Preserve, Restore, Educate, and Protect our cemeteries as a sacred place for quiet reflection and respectful commemoration of the past.
This event is free and open to the public. To help us organize the workshop, please share your interests and contact details using this Form.
The "48 States (and a District!) in 48 Days" workshops teaching how to clean, repair, and reset gravestones and monuments are organized and led by Jon Appel. For the past 20 years, he has collaborated with numerous people and organizations to teach restoration to all who are interested - a movement to restore America's burying grounds. Please use these links to access more information about the national tour, and Jon's notable restoration support of the Jamestown VA "Knight's Tomb"
The Mt. Zion - Female Union Band Society Cemeteries Workshop will include:
Discussion on historic preservation with a focus on cemetery masonry, gravestones, and memorials
A 'walk and talk' tour, visually surveying some of the cemeteries' most historic gravestones and monuments which are in need of repair
Gravestone and memorial cleaning discussions and demonstrations (the safe and effective removal of biological activity, graffiti, and rust and lime/calcium staining)
Hands-On! After the cleaning demonstration, workshop participants are encouraged to adopt a gravestone and perform the cleaning process event
As is practical, the most common conservation treatments will be demonstrated:
Join a fractured tablet
Raise and/or level a badly leaning, sunken, or fallen tablet stone
Reset and join elements of a multiple piece monument
Problems associated with portland cement
Historic pointing mortars, formulations, applications, curing
(If time allows) A stone lifting tripod will be constructed and demonstrated
The Tour, training workshops, and supplies are made possible by these sponsors: Atlas Preservation, D/2 Biological Solution, Graffiti Solutions, Magnolia Brush, ZippKool Gear, Smith Sprayers, and Wolverine Tools.