Greenwood Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association incorporated on March 1, 1999, as a not-for-profit corporation. Our purpose is to restore and preserve Greenwood Cemetery. We plan to turn Greenwood into a vast and beautiful regional park and an important educational for St. Louis County, reflecting the rich African American heritage of the region.
Greenwood Cemetery is located at 6571 St. Louis Avenue in Hillsdale, Missouri 63121.
Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, Inc.
The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, Inc. organized on February 27, 1999, and incorporated on March 1, 1999, as a not-for-profit corporation, for the purpose of acquiring, restoring, and preserving Greenwood Cemetery and operating it as a historic site and as an important educational resource for St. Louis County and the State of Missouri, reflecting the rich African American heritage of the region.
Greenwood Cemetery is 31.25 acres lying within the municipality of Hillsdale and bordered by Velda City and Velda Village Hills. Founded in 1874, Greenwood Cemetery is the oldest non-sectarian cemetery for African Americans in St. Louis County. It is the final resting place of 30,000 African Americans; including an aid to Abraham Lincoln; civil rights leader Charlton Tandy; promoter and restauranteur Jesse Johnson; veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War; and many great blues musicians, businessmen and educators.
The friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, Inc. plans to operate Greenwood Cemetery as a memorial park, closed to new burials, with hiking trails, picnic areas, and restored historic tombstones. The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery will nominate the cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places and will publish maps and brochures to disseminate the history of the cemetery and those buried within it.
The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, Inc. will establish an endowment to provide for the long-term care and maintenance of Greenwood Cemetery.
The "X" symbol found on the bottom of Colonoware bowls (South Carolina & Georgia, Chesapeake Bay area, and the Caribbean) has been interpreted by archaeoligist Leland Ferguson of the University of South Carolina as a Bakongo Cosmogram. A cosmogram is a symbol that represents a group or a person's worldview. THis interpretation was based on the work of art historian R.F. Thompson at Yale. "The Bakongo people are anumerous and powerful people located in the southern portion of modern Zaire near the Angolan border" (Ferguson 1992:114). Historically during the slave trade, this region was known as the "Congo-Angolan region." The Bakongo Cosmogram is a cross with a circle around it. The cross likely has connections to more contemporary crossroads interpretations and the "circle" refers to the cycles of life and death. Overall, the meaning behind this cosmogram can be best explained by the following quote:
"Bakongo philosophers explain the earth, the land of living, as a mountain over a water barrier separating this world from the land of the dead beneath. Each day the sun rises over the earth and proceeds in a counterclockwise direction, as viewed from the southern hemisphere, across the sky to set in the water. Then, during the earthly nighttime, the sun illuminates the underside of the universe, the land of the dead, until it rises again in the northeast. The cycle continues incessantly, representing the continuity of life: birth, death and rebirth. (Ferguson 1992: 114-115)"
The heart shaped symbol is a stylized form of a Sankofa symbol used by the Akan people and is associated with spirituality and ancestor veneration. This symbol was found outlined in tacks atop a burial coffin at the African Burial Ground excavations in Manhattan - New York, whish was recorded in 1990...
History of Greenwood Cemetery (w/ Burial Records):
1) Death Records For Burials (1874-1908)
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Photos of Greenwood Cemetery:
Entrance to Greenwood Cemetery
Board of Directors:
The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, Inc.
Board of Directors Membership List
THE BOARD MEETS AT 6:30PM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, ST LOUIS 8100 NATURAL BRIDGE ROAD. THE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CLARK HALL – ROOM 106.
5310 SPRINGTRAIL DRIVE
BLACK JACK, MO 63033-4419
HOME PHONE: 314-355-7147
WORK PHONE: 314-877-3146
ETTA HAYES DANIELS
538 NIRK AVE. APT B
KIRKWOOD, MO 63122
HOME PHONE: 314-772-7466
WORK PHONE: 314-457-2793
BERNICE ROBERTS HARTFIELD
1639 SPANGLER DRIVE
FLORISSANT, MO 63031
HOME PHONE: 314-839-4416
WORK PHONE: 314-612-4312
ST LOUIS, MO 63121
HOME PHONE: 314-385-8345
WORK PHONE: 314-261-7221
CELL PHONE: 314-691-5714
RITA HEARD DAYS
3083 BELLERIVE DRIVE
ST. LOUIS, MO 63121
HOME PHONE: 314-385-0447
WORK PHONE: 314-383-6277
TIMOTHY E. BAUMANN
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, ST LOUIS
CLARK HALL #106
8100 NATURAL BRIDGE ROAD
ST LOUIS, MO 63121
HOME PHONE: 636-940-0458
WORK PHONE: 314-516-6021
304 EMMANUEL COURT
VALLEY PARK, MO 63088
HOME PHONE: 636-861-1925
WORK PHONE: 314-212-7889
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS:
PASTOR NATHANIEL GRIFFIN, SR.
DAVID L. WINSTON
For further information or to volunteer your services, please call:
Friends of Greenwood
PO Box 741
Florissant, Mo. 63033
Etta A. Daniels, email: Legacy@sprintmail.com
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