Archive for March, 2019

Give a Day | Mayor’s Week of Service

As part of the Mayor’s Give A Day Week of Service, we invite you to help us clean up Eastern Cemetery on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11am to 2pm. You can set your own hours within this time frame if you would like to join us.

Eastern Cemetery located at 641 Baxter Avenue has been a part of the Louisville Community since 1848. The cemetery was abandoned in the 1980s when proof of widespread grave abuse was discovered. For more than two decades, Eastern sat untouched and uncared for. Headstones crumbled as the grounds became overgrown and were used for illegal dumping and vandalism.

In 2013 our volunteer group, Friends of Eastern Cemetery, armed with trash bags and a single mower, began picking up the grounds. We did our best to clean up over two decades of neglect and are still striving to create a self-sustainable model for continued upkeep of this historic cemetery.

On Sunday, April 14th, we would love for you to join us for an exciting volunteer day at Eastern Cemetery. You will spend the day learning about the rich history of Eastern Cemetery and its residents; working in a serene, beautiful environment; mowing grass; and weed eating. We recommend that you bring gloves and wear sturdy, closed toed shoes. We will provide all other supplies.

For more information, see our Facebook event.

Black History Month

It was our honor to feature African Americans buried in Eastern Cemetery every day on our Facebook and Instagram accounts to celebrate Black History Month in February. There are many more that we have yet to discover. We hope to continue sharing their stories with you throughout the upcoming year and on. We believe that it is imperative that these stories and many more of the people at Eastern Cemetery should not be forgotten. We hope to get these biographies on the website soon. For now, please see our social media for those posts.