Hi Adrienne,I share your passion. As we approach the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans at Jamestown, we should honor the ancestors by cleaning up their burial grounds. Perhaps we can start a crowdfunding campaign.
I have been away from Lexington, Kentucky for a long time now, but you might check out information on what is called "African Cemetery #2" or more formally "Cemetery of the Union Benevolent Society #2." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Cemetery_No._2_(Lexington,_Kentucky) The cemetery is located in the city's north side and was for years a fairly neglected and forlorn site until (I think) the late 1990s or early 2000s. Someone started a movement to clean it up, clear it and keep it mowed, and to stand up and repair fallen and broken monuments. Since that time, it went from one of the city's least well-known tracts to perhaps one its more well-documented and researched. I don't pretend to know about it great detail, but an internet search should return lots of documentation, including online documentaries and such. I am sure that in those sites and videos, strategies and programs that were used or tried are discussed.
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