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About Us

The Mt. Zion / Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park, Inc. (Black Georgetown Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in 2005 in Washington, DC. to jointly manage the preservation and commemoration of the Mt. Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries.

Board of Directors

Vincent deForest


Neville Waters


Alicia deForest


Thornell Page


Vernon Ricks


Dolores Greene

Rena Rodriguez


Neville Waters



Thornell Page

Vice President


Alicia deForest



Rena Rodriguez


Executive Director 

Lisa M. Fager

(202) 253-0435

Of Counsel

John Seiver

Of Counsel

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

And Our Many Wonderful Volunteers!


Our Foundation logo, the Sesa Wo Suba, means "Change or transform your character".  It is comprised of two Adinkra symbols:  the 'Morning star' or a new start to the day, within the 'Wheel' representing rotation or independent movement.

In Special Recognition

Our Friends and Partners, both individuals and organizations, who have supported and sustained us over the decades  (a partial list of our many supporters is listed below) 

Alan Raywid

Eric Sirulnik

Maurita Coley

John Seiver

Richard Gibbs

Paul Sluby

Dumbarton United Methodist Church

Eagle Eye Tutoring

National Society of The Colonial Dames of America 

Bethesda Metro and Washington DC Rotarians

DC Preservation League

DC Office of Historic Preservation

DC Humanities Council

Blackberry Foundation

Georgetown Visitation

Sidwell Friends


The Crusade Continues


1. Cemeteries property surveys and boundary marking.


2. Topographical and ground-penetrating geo surveys and mapping studies and documentation. 


3. Tree canopy inventory, replacement, and maintenance. 

4. Restoration and maintenance of structures, benches, paths, and other human additions on the burial grounds

5. Restorative cleaning, mending, elevating, and righting of headstones and memorials.

6. Erosion and grounds settlement restoration and mitigation.

7. Protection from development, stormwater, and other physical threats posed by adjoining properties

8. Genealogical research to construct, a complete profile of interments and biographies of the deceased. 

9. Photographic survey of existing headstones, monuments, and artifacts with transcriptions of inscriptions.

10. Load interments, biographies, and associated documents and images into a Cemetery Information System. 

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