Engaging the Public in Protecting Cemeteries

Anne Arundel County is home to an abundance of historic cemeteries including several burial grounds for enslaved African Americans. The Cultural Resources Division in Anne Arundel County is working with the community and other partners including through workshops and story maps, to figure out ways to record history and develop consensus around how to capture and store data on cemeteries, particularly African-American cemeteries.

Partners: Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division

The Problem

Anne Arundel County is home to an abundance of historic cemeteries including several burial grounds for enslaved African Americans. Many of these cemeteries are not documented and do not have a dedicated steward.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work with the County’s Cultural Resources Division, the community, and other partners to conduct workshops, develop story maps, and tackle hard questions and work towards a consensus about how to capture and store data on cemeteries, particularly African American cemeteries.


March 2020

Each year, the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites hosts a statewide conference to provide relevant resources and engaging new research to all those interested in the history and preservation of cemeteries in Maryland. Preservation Maryland is pleased to support the all-volunteer organization’s efforts by recording their conference sessions and helping share it with a wider audience – all in support of the Coalition’s mission.

Watch the Conference

November 2019

As part of the organization’s on-going work to protect Maryland’s historic cemeteries, Preservation Maryland will offer public cemetery documentation workshops this winter. Regional meetings have been held across the state and well-attended. All attendees will be contacted in the new year with follow-up information.

Regional workshop schedule

July 2019

Preservation Maryland and the State Highway Administration have entered into a partnership to document historic cemeteries across the state using a new mobile app. Attendees to the Old Line State Summit, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Frederick, will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and see the app in-action.

Download the presentation (PDF)

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