GEORGETOWN’S HISTORIC AFRICAN 

AMERICAN CEMETERIES

MOUNT ZION

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!  Monday, January 18th, at 10:00 AM,

to Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dedicate a Plaque Recognizing the Cemeteries' Designation in the National Register of Historic Places

Our ceremony will be followed by walkabout discussions of the history of the cemeteries and the lives and contributions of those interred. There will also be the opportunity to honor these sacred grounds by joining in some volunteer groundskeeping

The placement of the plaque in the entrance area of the Female Union Band Society Cemetery will:

  • Convey to the public the NRHP recognition given to the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Cemeteries

  • Inform visitors that the “park-like” and wooded grounds before them are in fact a sacred historic burial ground for thousands of individuals

  • Provide 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 Memorial Park, Inc. Foundation goal of the burial grounds being a living historic memorial

Please Consider Our Cemeteries in Your Gift Giving Plans

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!

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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.

HELP US SAVE GEORGETOWN'S

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CEMETERIES

PRESERVE
RESTORE
EDUCATE
PROTECT
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