I am a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, a statewide organization of cemetery preservationists, caretakers, historians, and educators. We are committed to preserving Pennsylvania's African-American cemeteries and burial grounds as places that provide an essential connection to the African-American story of our state. Recent research estimates that there are more than 150 of these sites. Many are the final resting place of our veterans including members of the United States Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers and from every war since then. Often these sites are unrecognized, in disrepair, or cemeteries where the current caretakers are aging or overwhelmed.
Recently, we have been offered the opportunity to suggest state legislation or policies to conserve these cemeteries. We are looking for good examples from other states.
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