Central Kentucky African American
C/O EKU Danville Campus
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The purpose of this Association is to locate, preserve, and maintain African-American cemeteries in central Kentucky -- including Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer Counties. There is SO much work to do, beginning with the Shelby City African American, the Givens (Turnersville), and White Oak (Bryantsville) Cemeteries, for now, with other cemeteries to be added as we can.
Anyone, anywhere, with an interest in preserving these cemeteries is welcome to join our organization. No commitment is required, but your time, labor, or donations are welcome. We recognize that not everyone can tromp over fields and through woods with chainsaws in hand, summer and winter, so donations are gladly accepted.
We will be putting out a newsletter telling of our accomplishments, goals, issues, and problems, as well as letting people know where financial support has been, or will be, used; in addition, an informational brochure will be developed, and other methods of publicizing our efforts will be sought out.
in the Boyle County area on Find A Grave
There are undoubtedly others which have not yet been located.
Those marked with "**" are not yet mapped on Find A Grave.
Ones where we are actively working are marked with "##" and in bold font.
Cemetery Law (PDF),
Meeting Minutes, 16 July 2016:
NUMBER ONE TOP PRIORITY RIGHT NOW -- FENCING - suggested roll wire
fencing along west and north sides, but not near the road. We need
to prevent through-traffic and need to avoid several recent disturbing
and dangerous incidents from recurring.
2. NUMBER TWO PRIORITY - Filling in swales: We need to (A.) put a dirt pile on the road in the back corner of the cemetery; (B.) Rake chipped wood into swales; and (C.) With Lincoln County crew and Centre volunteers, wheelbarrows are needed
3. NUMBER THREE PRIORITY - Ground-penetrating radar, Kentucky Archaeological Survey has offered to do it for us. Need to get on this ASAP.
4. Centre students -- we have a commitment Aug 27 of 60 students for 2 hours; they will bring their own tools
5. Cindy will check on dirt for fill
6. Daniel Thompson from Centre is preparing an e-Museum of artifacts we have found.
7. Will Vineyard from Centre is interested in researching the effects of integration (positive AND negative) on Danville and Boyle County.
8. Resetting stones -- Fox Funeral Home of Stanford may be able to help us with those that are broken. David Gambrel, PVA for Lincoln County, will get Lincoln Boy Scouts to reset those that are in good condition.
9. Replacing damaged military stones -- James Cohen and Jordan Wallace are first priority. James Hunn has already submitted an application for Jordan Wallace.
10. Mike will make markers out of the gray PVC pipe stored at EKU, which will mark fieldstones both for mowing and for memorial purposes.
Our Goals, as of 24 Oct 2015:
|1. We need to get liability paperwork signed for every volunteer, every week, if necessary. In particular, if we have volunteers under 18, we need parents to sign.
2. Cindy will be printing up membership cards -- don't worry, there are no dues -- if you want to be a member, you ARE a member.
3. We need to do some sort of newsletter for the group.
4. Develop a brochure, similar to the Shelby City brochure, to tell the CKAACA story.
5. We should get the names of cemetery board members in surrounding counties and /or cities. If there is no cemetery board, we need to get names of city council members or county magistrates.
6. (DONE) We must be up-to-date on the latest cemetery laws, and we need answers to questions like...
7. We need to contact local newspapers to get press coverage about the CKAACA, and get the word out on what we are doing, not just at Shelby City and Givens.
8. We will need to contact board members mentioned in
#5 above, to
9. We need to find supporters and allies in state government who can assists us in updating and/or strengthening cemetery laws
We are also on Facebook. Also please visit the Danville Boyle County African-American Historical Society's History Page