Greenwood Cemetery Hillsdale MO

$1,020 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 22 months

Greenwood Cementery Cleanup

Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association is a non profit organization.

Greenwood Cemetery is a historic black cemetery located in North St. Louis County at 6571 St. Louis Ave, Hillsdale MO 63121.  This was one of the first cemeteries in Missouri where blacks could be buried with dignity in a place they could call their own. The Greenwood Cemetery was the first non-denominational commercial cemetery for African-Americans in the St. Louis area. This is a valuable place not based on money, but based on the fact that it is the resting place for many war veterans, including Buffalo Soldiers, Civil War Veterans and many other wars.  It is the resting place of Harriet Scott, a slave that hired a lawyer to fight for her freedom right here in Missouri, freed slaves and slaves still in captivity; the home of doctors, musicians and countless babies. (Featured in The Nation Magazine: http://www.thenation.com/article/black-deaths-matter/

Every Saturday as we walk thru the cemetery history comes to life before our eyes.  One Saturday we found a tombstone that I will never forget.  It has the person’s name and his date of birth, but after the dash it has the words "Died free and happy" instead of a date of death.  These words should be an inspiration to us all to keep his resting place clean and free.  We need to make sure that this person and all of those laid to rest here are able to rest in a place we can all be proud of.  That is why we need your help, donations, services and time.  We cannot do it without you.   

Every Saturday morning at 8:00 am, weather permitting, we are cleaning up Greenwood Cemetery.  We are in desperate need of help by way of donations and volunteers.  We need donations to rent the much needed equipment each week for the cleanup. Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association ( http://www.greenwoodstl.org/ ) is a non-profit organization and every penny that we raise will go toward the cleanup efforts for the 32 acres of historic land that our ancestors took pride in as they laid their loved ones to rest.   

We appreciate the efforts of volunteers whether you come alone or bring a large group we need you.  We also need equipment donations and financial donations. 

We can also be reached:

PO Box 266
Florissant MO 63033

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Don't forget your donations to Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association can help you save money. We are a 401k organization and your donations can be used as a tax deduction. We have done so much but still have so much to do. Thanks in advance for your donations.
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Family and Friends cleanup day is quickly approaching. We would love to see you on October 8th.
6571 St. Louis Ave
Hillsdale, MO 63121
Please bring your lawn equipment. Wear your hard bottom shoes, long sleeves and long pants.

See you there.......at 8
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Your support is helping. Last year at this time you could not tell that this was a cemetery. With your help we are able to get started on cleaning up 32 acres of land so that each family member can have the opportunity of visiting their love one. Thanks for your donations.
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$1,020 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 22 months
Created April 21, 2016
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$40
Anonymous
3 months ago
RH
$10
Rodrigo Hernandez
8 months ago

Here is my share for the pizza you bought, use it as you please! By the way thank you for all the hard work that you do and for preserving a piece of American history.

TH
$50
Trish Hiduk
9 months ago

Thank you for bringing our history to life again!

$50
Bettie King
15 months ago

Please support Greenwood Cemetery, no amount is too small. Thanks.

RM
$100
Raphael & Shelley Morris
15 months ago

We support Historic Greenwood Cemetery.

SC
$50
Squakee-Martha Collins
16 months ago

Great cause!

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