Greetings from the Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial Task Force.
Salisbury's Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial Task Force is charged with creating a lasting memorial for those buried in the city’s oldest known African-American cemetery. Dixonville Cemetery was a focal point in the Dixonville community - a neighborhood significantly altered during the 1960’s Urban Renewal efforts. Although many of the grave markers have disappeared, Dixonville Cemetery remains a vital link in our city’s collective heritage. Almost 500 individuals have been identified as being interred there, and many more graves are believed to be on the grounds.
Eleven years ago, citizens requested that the remaining gravestones be restored, the site marked with a historical sign, and the sacred ground beautified. Several years later, Mayor Susan Kluttz initiated a Task Force to spearhead improvements.
In 2009, the historical sign was installed, low granite walls were added to define the corners, and remaining gravestones were repaired. More recently, the path from Old Concord Road bisecting the cemetery to the former Lincoln Elementary School was restored, and an interpretive sign and seating area was installed and dedicated to the memory of Fred Evans, former Dixonville resident and Memorial Task Force Chair.
City Council recently allocated $100,000 toward implementation of the master plan developed with assistance from NC A&T State University’s Landscape Architecture Program. The Task Force is now ready to launch a capital campaign to raise additional funds for the project. The projected completion date for the first phase of construction is summer of 2017.
We are seeking financial support from you to move this important project forward. Enclosed is a brochure with more details about the plan and a tear-off form with suggested giving levels. Please consider this request as an investment in Salisbury’s heritage – past, present and future.
Thank you for your support of the Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial.
Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial Task Force Emily Perry, Chair Rhik Anderson McCombs, Fundraising Committee Chair