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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. We began with Shelby City, Givens (Turnersville), and White Oak (Bryantsville) Cemeteries, but recently have concentrated on Meadow Lane and Wilsonville.
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.
Our five years' work at Shelby City has finally resulted in clearing the entire cemetery, and arranging for ongoing maintenance with Lincoln County. In the summer of 2018, three of us worked for three days to mow the entire cemetery. The Lincoln County crew came in and did the entire place in 3 hours with two riding mowers. Maintenance still needs to be done, as tree branches fall on a regular basis, but the cemetery has been saved. Our needs now are to finish fencing along the back and side to prevent trespassers from driving through the cemetery.
In December, 2018, the Meadow Lane African American Cemetery was surveyed, and the plat was registered with the Boyle County Clerk's office. The CKAACA now OWNS Meadow Lane (as well as Shelby City African American Cemetery), and has thus preserved this historic resting place for future generations. We have now gone to the Danville City Commission, which, subject to legal review, has agreed to take over maintenance of the cemetery and Kilby Lane, leading to the cemetery.
In the summer of 2019, we have concentrated on Meadow Lane and Wilsonville. Thanks to a descendant of Miss Ella Marshall, long-time teacher in Wilsonville and Boyle County, we have secured permission to work on the cemetery from the owners, the African Methodist Episcopal church offices in Lexington.
Also, work has continued on the Givens Cemetery, with a group of high school students in the Governor's Scholars program at Centre College. See some great photos of this group at work on our Facebook page.
The "Danville Living" magazine, published by the Advocate-Messenger, will be featuring the CKAACA in an upcoming issue, probably debuting at the end of September or early October. The "Giving Back" section of the magazine focuses on organizations which benefit the community.
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),
Board Meeting Minutes, 16 Feb 2019:
Members present: Mike Denis, Ben Lindsay, Cindy Peck, Bill Stocker, Daniel Thompson
Treasurer Cindy Peck reported on a phone call from James Hunn who was unable to attend.
President, James Hunn on Monday, 11 February, spoke to each and every Commissioner and the Mayor, who all agreed that if we turn Meadow Lane over to the City, the City will cut trees that interfere with the boundary lines; maintain the cemetery in perpetuity; and maintain Kilby Lane as a city street.
We then discussed a proposed presentation to the City Commission, of no more than 10 minutes, to include the following:
1. A brief history of the Cemetery
2. Benefits to the City -- historical, moral, legal
We need to list how many hours community members have spent working here, noting especially that we have living descendants who have helped.
Bill Stocker, playing Devil’s advocate asked the question, how can we guarantee that the city will preserve the unique characteristics of this African American Cemetery?
After lengthy discussion, several other questions arose, including whether we will be able to continue assisting the city in identifying artifacts and restoring graves.
There are certain conditions we must guarantee before turning the Cemetery over to the city – we MUST insist that it be maintained as a typical African-American cemetery:
It was suggested that we give the Commissioners and Mayor a handout on characteristics of African American cemeteries as a guideline.
Now, we need to seek legal advice to guarantee that our wishes are respected by the City. something like...
We cede the Meadow Lane African American Cemetery to the City of Danville, SUBJECT TO THESE CONDITIONS...In order to maintain the unique character of an African American Cemetery, we require the City to agree …
Michael J Denis
Board Meeting Minutes, 10 Feb 2018:
Cindy Peck presented a report on the work done last year at various locations in the area.
1. We logged 1,125 volunteer hours at Shelby City in 2017; no work done in other cemeteries.
2. Total volunteer hours to date, 5,135. This figure includes Shelby City, Givens (Lincoln Co) and White Oak (Garrard Co)
3. We have had 82 Centre students, 12 EKU students, 17 adult volunteers (including 3 from RECC), 1 high school student, and 2 elementary school students working at Shelby City in 2017.
4. We did presentations or tours, or other workshops and meetings, including about 157 audience members
5. On 10 March 2017, a grant from the Bonner Scholars program allowed us to purchase a mower and other tools to help maintain Shelby City.
6. On 11 Oct 2017, volunteers from RECC came in after their work day and took down the huge dead sycamore tree that has plagued us since Oct 2013.
TREASURER’S REPORT: The bank account balance as of the end of 2017 is $1,215.53.
1. Discussion and approval of new Directors – Daniel Thompson, a volunteer for over 2 years, has been offered, and has accepted, a position as a Director.
2. The progress of our 501(c)(3) application was discussed. It was pointed out that we have directors but no officers. That was remedied quickly by electing James Hunn, President; Mike Denis, Secretary; and Cindy Peck, Treasurer. The directors include Hunn, Peck, Charles Grey, and Daniel Thompson.
3. Discussion of purchasing Charles Grey’s truck – “the official Shelby City African American Cemetery Maintenance Vehicle.” It was voted to purchase the truck for $1,000, with payment deferred until we can raise the money. It will be registered and insured under Cindy’s name for huge savings in insurance costs, but will be garaged at Charles’s house for convenience.
4. Daniel took on the task of chairing a fundraising committee – as he has numerous contacts, and many good ideas on how to proceed.
5. Presentations to area organizations were also discussed, with the suggestion of going through the Presbyterian Church (which has a very good relationship with Centre), in hopes of involving the historically black churches in our work and efforts. The need for continuing publicity was also noted.
6. Members of the group will meet with the Danville Cemetery Committee at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 13 March to discuss the situation at Meadow Lane in West Danville. We must meet prior to that meeting to discuss strategies and facts to present to the Committee (see end of this report under “Pertinent Cemetery Laws”).
7. Installation of a fence along the north and west sides of the Shelby City cemetery was discussed. Metal posts and “rabbit fencing” will be installed, and the loan of a trail camera from James Hunn may well “catch” whomever has been using the cemetery as a “pass-through.” More expensive fencing can be just as easily destroyed by vandals as the less expensive material, so it was decided to go with the lesser expense.
8. Mike Denis will contact the owner of the land where the Worldstown/Baker Cemetery is located. Awhile ago, the owner did agree to fence the small cemetery, but that has not happened yet. We need to remind him of that, and offer to help get that accomplished.
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