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"Madam Regent and Ladies


It is with great pleasure that I present Ms. Lisa Fager, the Executive Director of the Mt. Zion / Female Union Band Historical Park, also known as the Black Georgetown Foundation, with our Excellence in Historic Preservation Medal...."

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Over the past few decades, as Georgetown grew in prominence as one of the District’s top tourist locations, the Mount Zion-Female Union Band Society Cemetery served as a reminder of the neighborhood’s rich African American history.               

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New Security Beat

Wilson Center


Reclaiming Community Identity Through Opera: Voices of Zion

By Blair A. Ruble, June 10th 2022                            

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"Voices of Zion", an Immersive Music-Theater Experience in Observance of the 160th DC Emancipation Day

Giving Voice to the Ancestors in the Oldest Black Cemeteries in Washington, DC

Special Premiere Performance at  THEARC, Saturday, April 16th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 22, 2022                                  Contact: Lisa Bediako - 202.253.0435                                            

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Mount Zion & Oak Hill From the trails of Rock Creek Park to its sacred grounds
By Megan O'Meara

(Republished October 2021, from the Virtual Memorial of James Thomas O'Meara)

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Washington Post 
While working to restore two historic Black cemeteries, she discovered a construction crew digging on burial grounds 

,Theresa Vargas, Columnist, October 9, 2021

NBC News Washington DC 

Celebrating Emancipation Day in DC

By Tom Segrave, NBC News, April 16, 2021

DC Emancipation Celebration At Mount Zio

The Washington Post 
Someone keeps leaving toys and birthday cards at a 7-year-old’s grave in a historic Black cemetery. No one knows who. 
By Theresa Vargas, Columnist, , April 16, 2021

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Harvard Law Bulletin - Fall 2020

Alumni Focus

Hidden History

Teaching a class concentrated on two predominantly African American cemeteries, Tom Duckenfield ’89 helps uncover the stories of people who may have been forgotten but whose lives mattered

By Lewis Rice, October 15, 2020

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Citizens Association of Georgetown Newsletter

A Treasure In Georgetown

Lisa Fager, Executive Director, Mount Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park, Inc., Foundation

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The Washington Post

They were names on headstones until the pandemic. Then they became reminders that  'Georgetown was Black.'

by Theresa Vargas    September 23, 2020

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United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates "CheckPoints" Magazine

Soul Searching - USAFA Grad Helps Restore Historic African American Cemetery

by Jeff HolmQuist    September, 2020

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McKinley Tech High School Class of 2020 Restores Mount Zion Cemetery

By Mark Segraves - June 11, 2019

the New York times
At 2 Georgetown Cemeteries, History in Black and White
by nicholas fandos    october 20, 2016

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The Georgetowner
Mt. Zion Cemetery ready for its own Ressurection
by Robert Devaney    April 13, 2017

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