Historic Cemetery Restoration
Restoring local cemeteries: It’s all about this local woman’s deep appreciation of African American history
Janie Porter Barrett deserved better.
So did Mary Smith Peake, George Washington Fields and hundreds more whose tombstones in Bassett and Elmerton cemeteries were obscured by waist-high grass and weeds.
Someone needed to do something, and someone is.
75 Fort Eustis soldiers bring boost to overgrown slave-era cemeteries in Hampton
Ghana Smith got a call from Army Staff Sgt. Israel Lopez a few weeks back, telling her he was bringing "a group of people” from Fort Eustis last weekend to help cut the grass at two overgrown historic cemeteries in Hampton.
Smith thought that meant “five or 10″ soldiers would show up at the Bassette and Elmerton burial grounds...
Landscaping companies donate time and resources to clean historic Elmerton Cemetery
With lawnmowers and weed whackers, at least four landscaping companies are donating time and resources to cleaning up the Elemerton and Bassett cemeteries in Hampton.
It's the final resting place for many emancipated African-Americans, like Mary S. Peake, who founded a school that taught freed slaves during the Civil War.