This symposium had been organized by Elinor Thompson and numerous other professionals, scholars, individuals, archival institutions, coalition preservation groups and Genealogical and Historical Societies. These are concerned people who have recognized the urgent and important need to address the perils and the challenges that face many African American Cemeteries across Maryland, whether they are endangered or neglected.
African American cemeteries face challenges from urban renewal, development and lack of proper documentation in many cases. Many have not been documented for the historical significance of the property or individuals who occupy the burial grounds. During the Slave Trade and before Maryland's Emancipation many of the imported and deported slaves did not survive the journey to their intended destinations. They may have been tossed out at Sea. If they survived to their intended destination, they could have died at any port. Where did they place their remains? The facts, myths, and circumstances of their journeys may not have been revealed, but the fact of the matter is that they too had to have a final resting place.
The presenters gave you a combination of various reasons for why African American Burial Sites have Perils and Challenges. This presentation also had genealogical information that may help those in search of their ancestors' remains, some of whom are interred in historic African American cemeteries that have since vanished.
If you have questions, Elinor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org