Historic Cemeteries of Maryland

Some of the most sacred sites in Maryland are in impending danger due to environmental factors as well as the passage of time. Cemeteries face resource specific threats including lack of funding for maintenance and conservation as well as pressure to use the land for development. Preservation Maryland will work closely with the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites to bring much needed attention to the thousands of cemeteries throughout the state that are in disrepair, while also providing the general public with information on how to care for neglected and abandoned cemeteries.


Partners: Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites

The Problem

Some of the most sacred sites in Maryland are in impending danger due to environmental factors as well as the passage of time. Cemeteries face resource specific threats including lack of funding for maintenance and conservation as well as pressure to use the land for development. In some cases, questions of ownership also halt preservation.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work closely with the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites to bring much needed attention to the thousands of cemeteries throughout the state that are in disrepair, while also providing the general public with information on how to care for neglected and abandoned cemeteries. We will also organize volunteer cleanup days at cemeteries around the state.

Updates

December 2017

Preservation Maryland convened dozens of volunteers at the historic Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Charles County this October for a volunteer workday. Building on a year-long Six-to-Fix partnership with the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, the goal of the workday was to work with the congregation to begin a comprehensive assessment of the Church property and early family property.

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November 2017

On October 31, 2017, the Montgomery County Council adopted legislation to protect burial sites within the County as advocated for and reported by the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites. Preservation Maryland applauds the Montgomery County Council for taking the steps to protect burial sites as historic resources and we thank Montgomery Preservation and the Coalition for all of their hard work.

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June 2017

The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites annual conference brought over 60 attendees to Anne Arundel County to hear about current events, like the response to the vandalized Mount Carmel in Philadelphia and the latest in conservation technologies. The sessions were recorded by Preservation Maryland and are available on YouTube.

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