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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, which has been sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic, so for the near future, we're back to doing all the work ourselves.
The Lincoln County crew came in and did the entire place in 3 hours with two riding mowers, for which we are so grateful.
. 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.
Again, however, COVID-19 has stymied those efforts. We haven't given up though.
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.
Beginning in January 2020, mapping began of all available gravestones, fieldstones, and other grave markers at Hilldale Cemetery in Danville. This project, identifying over 2,200 graves by section, row, and grave, was essentially finished by the beginning of June, with over 1,300 other known burials, for whom we have no markers.
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, 7 November 2020:
Central Kentucky African American Cemetery Association
Board Meeting Minutes, 1 September 2020:
The Central Kentucky African American Cemetery Association, LLC, met at the Shelby City African American Cemetery at 9:30 AM on 1 September 2020, with four members present.
Board Meeting Minutes, 1 August 2020:
CKAACA met at 10:00 am at the DBCAAHS History Center, 108 North Second Street, with four members present.
Board Meeting Minutes, 11 July 2020:
We met at the Shelby City African American Cemetery at 10AM on Saturday, July 11, for a breakfast and work meeting. Since we were outdoors in the wonderful breeze at Shelby City, and since we social-distanced, we believe were safe in these pandemic days. Present were Cindy Peck, Bill Stocker, Barry Sanborn, and Mike Denis.
Bill had noted that the Facebook "page" for the Shelby City African American Cemetery did not have a "join" button, as did other cemeteries. The issue, which Mike researched, is that Shelby City is a "page" and the others are "groups." So, a new Facebook "Group" -- Shelby City African American Cemetery -- was set up . The URL is https://www.facebook.com/groups/635029120440435/
We discussed the status of several area cemeteries.
Wilsonville -- Ronnie Letcher joined us last week, and has offered to help keep Wilsonville mowed. Rev. Everhart Walker surprised us with a visit, and showed us where Hubert Walker's wife and daughter are buried -- both marked only with fieldstones, but now memorialized on Find A Grave. Also he showed us where his grandparents, Johnson and Mary (Andrews) Walker, are buried (also now on Find A Grave), and his great-grandfather, Horace Walker, who was born into slalvery, and is now memorialized on Find A Grave as well. That one visit added three new people, and five new photographs.
Meadow Lane -- Little work needs to be done here, but we need to keep on the City of Danville about taking over ownership. We can offer to continue maintaining it.
Hilldale -- The repair and resetting of the Dennis and Diademia Doram stones is progressing. We would like the City of Danville to place markers at the ends of probably every tenth row, so people can find their relatives and ancestors more easily. What to do with our accurate mapping of Hilldale and its records, and how to get the City to accept them, was discussed.
Discussion then turned to the new "home" for the Danville Boyle County African American Historical Society, at 108 North Second Street, but that discussion is not pertinent to the aims and objectives of this organization.
After the meeting adjourned, we spent another several hours weed-whacking, trimming, brush cutting, and doing general landscaping. Bill has been mowing the cemetery, and we will be back Monday, Jul 13, for another work session, again, weather permitting.
The next meeting will again be at Shelby City African American Cemetery, because it's always cool there, and there's always work to be done there -- Saturday, August 9, 2020, at 10:00 AM, weather permitting.
Board Meeting Minutes, 6 June 2020:
Present were Mike Denis, Ben Lindsay, Cindy Peck, Barry Sanborn, and Bill Stocker.
One of the first items of business was a decision to elect a Vice-President. Mike Denis nominated (seconded by Cindy Peck) Bill Stocker. Bill is the obvious choice since he has become a mover and shaker when it comes to African American cemetery care in the area.
Mike gave a status report on mapping Hilldale Cemetery, and addressed the need for the city to share sexton Jason Turner's spreadsheet of burials there.
Bill will send out an email noting where he plans to work several days in advance, so we can plan to join him. For years, this was an every Saturday event, but since almost all of us are now retired we can volunteer any time the weather is decent.
Mike reported on the status of the Doram stone "GoFundMe" drive. So far, $170 has been raised to repair and reset the stones at Hilldale Cemetery.
As Lincoln County will not be able to help mow Shelby City as they have in the past, we may need to hire help. Mike noted that a post on Facebook listed several Black-owned landscaping businesses in the area.
Bill gave an update on Wilsonville and the progress of Laverne Davie purchasing the church, school, and cemetery, and noted that Rick Westerfield is helping mow the are around the church.
Cindy will apply for federal non-profit 501(c)(3) status this week.
We need to mark every 10th row, or so, in Hilldale so people can find graves. It was suggested that we ask the City to go half with us on the cost. We need to decide the design, and find a manufacturer.
We need to contact the City about uprighting some of the stones that have fallen face down, and are thus unidentifiable. Whose permission would we need to do that?
It was also decided to meet monthly on a Saturday during the summer, at a cemetery of Bill's choosing, so we can meet then work.
Finally, the qustion we have had for many years now, what can we do to encourage more Black involvement? How can we get more Black help? Right now, it's almost all whites doing the work, because it needs to be done. But it would be wonderful if Black churches could step up and help, or even take the lead.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, 11 July at Shelby City, unless otherwise announced.
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.
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.
Michael J Denis
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