St. Louis recognize community organizaion for cleaning up historic African-American cemetery

HILLSDALE, MO – It is one of the oldest African-American Cemeteries in the St. Louis area but years of neglect left it unrecognizable.  A group of volunteers stepped in to form the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association.


The group has spent the last 2 years clearing brush and cutting grass at the Hillsdale cemetery.  The association now owns the property and is determined to preserve its rich history.


“You can’t walk ten feet without being surrounded by history in this cemetery,” said Raphael Morris, Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association President.


Harriet Robinson Scott is buried at the cemetery.  She was a slave and plaintiff in the Supreme…

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