CKAACA-LLC

Central Kentucky 
African American 
Cemetery Association, LLC

c/o Cindy Peck, 106 Logan Ave, Stanford, KY  40484

Visit our "eMuseum", containing information and 
photos of artifacts we have found at Shelby City and White Oak Cemeteries
Credit to Daniel Thompson, Centre College, for photos and organization

Also, we have separate Facebook pages for several of the cemetery projects:

CKAACA

Shelby City African American Cemetery

Meadow Lane African American Cemetery

Wilsonville African American Cemetery

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.

African-American Cemeteries 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.

BOYLE COUNTY
Aliceton African American Cemetery
Atoka
Christopher Burial Place
Clifton
Hilldale
Little Needmore (aka Needmore)
## Meadow Lane (aka Locust Grove, Lebanon Pike, Fairview)
Meauxtown 
Meigs Lane 
Mitchellsburg 
Perryville Springhill
## Shelby City African American Cemetery
Stony Point
## Wilsonville (aka Wilson Chapel, St James AME)
Worldstown (aka Baker)
Zion Hill (aka Persimmon Knob)

CASEY COUNTY
Liberty Colored Cem
Sulphur Run Cem
** Wilkinson Colored Cem

GARRARD COUNTY
** Buckeye Cem
Davistown

** Flatwoods Baptist Ch
John Sleet Cem, Lancaster
Lancaster African-American Cemetery
Soaper Cem, Lancaster
St James AME (McMurtry), Buena Vista
Walker-Simpson (White Oak)
White Oak Cem (White Oak)

LINCOLN COUNTY
Barrows Cemetery
** Black Pike (Sugar Hill)
Blue Lick Cemetery
Eli Simpson Cem, McKinney
## Givens Cemetery, Turnersville
Graves Givens Cem
Greenwood Cem, Stanford
Holy Temple, AKA Halls Gap Pentecostal, Hall's Gap
Hustonville African-American Cem
Jacobs Chapel Cem, aka Gooch II
McKinney Cem, aka Tammer Cem, McKinney
Milton Simpson Cem, McKinney
Moreland-Tucker Cem (aka Bruce Cem), Milledgeville
Pennington African-American Cem
Wooley Cem, Hubble

MARION COUNTY
Star Bethel Cem, Riley

MERCER COUNTY
Dividing Ridge African-American Cemetery, Mayo
Robinson Row(e) or Road, Burgin

Kentucky Cemetery Law (PDF), 
Updated as of 24 Oct 2015

Board Meeting Minutes, 1 Oct 2019:

The called meeting of the Central Kentucky African American Cemetery Association was held in the Mahan Gallery of the Boyle County Public Library, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.  Present were  James Hunn, Mike Denis, Cindy Peck, and Bill Stocker.

Meadow Lane African American Cemetery – 

The Danville City Commission is waiting for us to give them the plat of the Cemetery.  James Hunn will take courthouse’s copy to Steven Dexter, the Danville city attorney, and if need be, we can probably get another copy from Estes Surveying.

When the City officially takes over the Cemetery, We need to do some sort of transfer ceremony, with a re-dedication, to be covered by local press.

The new deed for Meadow Lane MUST include tarring Kilby Lane as a city street, as per the city attorney’s ruling from 1994.  If it is a city cemetery, it should be accessible by a city street.

Wilsonville African American Cemetery – 

We need to support Laverne Davie on the purchase of the Wilsonville church, school, and cemetery property.

We no longer need to communicate with the AME diocese other than expressing our support for her plans.

We will support her in any way we can, provided that we can continue maintaining the Cemetery.

Bill Stocker has a friend who can help take out the large fallen trees.

James Hunn will talk with sheriff to ask the abutting landowner to respect the property AFTER Bill Stocker talks with the abutter.

Bill will send copy of PVA plot to Laverne.

Mitchellsburg African American Cemetery – 

It is owned by Paul Pelley, so we need to get permission from him to work there.  He lives at 11420 Lebanon Rd, telephone 332-7507.

Other:

We need to meet at least quarterly, suggested dates being Jan 2, sometime in April, July, and October, specifics to be determined.  We can have called meetings at any time.

Oct 5, Centre students will be coming to Wilsonville.

Oct 26, EKU Students will be coming to Shelby City – this is our 6th Anniversary working at Shelby City.

Bonner grants – can they be used for gravestone repair material such as epoxy, cement, D/2, and other needed equipment?  If so, we may be able to apply for two this year, at $500 each.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael J Denis
Secretary, CKAACA

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

  • Preserves local history

  • Helps improve community relationships by preserving an untold part of our history

  • Honors veterans from Civil War (Sherwood Barber, Evan Burton, Richard Driscoll, Henry Shaw and World War 1 (George McAfee)

  • Honors people born in, and dying in slavery, like Isaac Moore, born 1860, last slave born to Charles Moore, and Simon Moore

  • Listed on African American Historic Sites driving tour

  • Listed on Boyle Landmarks to Watch

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:

  • More naturalized, rather than park-like, as with most traditionally white cemeteries

  • More trees providing shade and a wooded atmosphere

  • Maintaining burial swales, rather than total leveling of the grave sites

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 …

  • That no trees be cut unless they are dead or threatening to do damage to stones, the fence, or visitors.

  • That no burial swales be filled in to level them to make mowing easier.

  • That members of the CKAACA and other volunteers continue to be allowed access to the Cemetery

  •      A. for the purposes of repairing or resetting gravestones, probing the ground to discover other stones or fieldstone markers, or any other historical research they choose to do.

  •      B. for periodic clean-up, weed-whacking, and other maintenance issues to assist the city

Respectfully submitted,

Michael J Denis
Secretary, CKAACA

Board Meeting Minutes, 10 Feb 2018:

OLD BUSINESS:

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.

NEW BUSINESS:

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:

1.  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.
     Listing the work we are doing
     Encouraging donations (we are a non-profit, LLC)
     Letting people know for what purposes their donations are being used
     Listing some of our needs in the future

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.
     Boyle (Danville, Perryville, Junction City),
     Casey (Liberty),
     Garrard (Lancaster),
     Lincoln (Stanford, Crab Orchard), and
     Mercer (Harrodsburg, Burgin).

6. (DONE) We must be up-to-date on the latest cemetery laws, and we need answers to questions like...
     Who owns the cemetery
     What are the responsibilities of the owner
     Is the owner getting a tax write-off for maintaining the cemetery
     If the owner is getting a write-off and NOT maintaining a cemetery, why not?
     How do we get access to private cemeteries

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 
     Tell them of our purposes, accomplishments, and goals for the future.
     Enlighten them, if need be, on current cemetery law and cemetery issues.
     If we can be invited to do a brief presentation, we need to develop one.
     We may need to ask for help removing any slash we cut at the cemeteries.

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