Archive for May, 2022

Atlas Preservation’s 48 State Tour – Louisville, Kentucky

Join us at Eastern Cemetery in Louisville, KY.
Free & open to the public
9am-3pm (local time)

Check out the Find a Grave and Eastern Cemetery website:

Participate in gravestone cleaning and learn the most common safe & effective repair techniques!
A discussion on historic preservation will begin the day with a short walk and talk tour, visually surveying some of the most historic gravestones and monuments in need of repair.
Safe & effective removal of biological activity w/ approved stone cleaners & graffiti removal & prevention. HANDS ON! Adopt a stone and perform the cleaning process yourself.
The most common repair techniques will be discussed and performed including resetting a badly leaning or sunken tablet stone and joining broken gravestone fragments using epoxy, clamps, and bracing techniques.
*If time allows* we will employ an overhead, lifting tripod and demonstrate how to rig and lift monuments safely.
*If time allows* we will review materials required and the process involved in replaced eroded or lost stone with the use of a stone infill material, including preparation, application and curing of mortars.

For further questions or concerns regarding this event contact us! Please feel free to bring water, snacks and a chair for breaks. We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing if participating.

Figures of Eastern Cemetery

In this ongoing series, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery in conjunction with Western Library will feature individuals from Louisville’s Eastern Cemetery to highlight their contributions to Louisville. A brief history of Eastern Cemetery as well as tips on finding relatives will be shared.

We will discuss African American Religious Figures this month, including Rev. Daniel A. Gaddie of Green Street Baptist Church, Rev. Henry Wise Jones also of Green Street Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. John H. Frank of Fifth Street Baptist Church, and Rev. Garrell Winstead of Beargrass Baptist Church.

On Saturday, May 21st at 10am we will offer a tour of the cemetery as a follow up to this presentation.