Uncovering African-American history, one grave at a time – Story

– A bird’s-eye view shows forgotten African-American graves at the Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport. 

“It’s unreal how much history that is here,” offered Vanessa Gray, president of the Lincoln Cemetery Society.  “Everywhere you step, someone has a story.” 

History has been covered up with over growth on the unkempt grounds.

“You couldn’t even get to the grave sites because there was so much over growth here, and you were afraid to walk through the grass because it was higher than your hips,” Vanessa continued. 

Thanks the 24-year-old Vanessa, that has all changed.

“These are people of our community, whether the race, whether the color, doesn’t matter. We are part of the same community,” she explained.

For the past three years, Vanessa has spearheaded the mission of…

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