16 April 2015

2015 "Safe Day" (16 May 2015) -- Woodland Cemetery (Newark NJ) -- Family Gravesite Visitation & Tombstone Recording Day

Cemeteries represent our history.  They are also places to celebrate the lives of our ancestors.

In a month there will be a special day held at Woodland Cemetery (Newark NJ) – called “Safe Day.” This cemetery is in the urban area (inner city). It’s been vandalized like several others throughout the country, or those that go unattended. It has no onsite caretaker or fencing.  People are free to come and go as they please and unfortunately, often damage the tombstones.

This “Safe Day” is an opportunity to help maintain the cemetery and to also record tombstone inscriptions and/or take digital photos of the tombstones, all while part of a group and with the added protection of the Newark Police Department.  This event has been taking place for over 16 years!

If you are not able to attend, you can contact the organizers in advance if you seek inscriptions and/or pictures of family tombstones.

See the image below for the full details!

It is always great to see a community of volunteers do all that they can to help preserve a cemetery, especially one that has long been neglected and at risk.

Here are some related resources:
+ Woodland Cemetery (Newarkcemeteries.com)
+ Woodland Cemetery: Damage and Neglect Prevents Safe Day 2013 (includes some photos of the cemetery)
+ Woodland Cemetery (FB Page with images)

Do contact the organizers with any questions:
Mary Lish, [email protected]
John Sass, [email protected]

Editor’s Note: The announcement was posted with permission of the event planners.  Thanks to Joann Mcmillion for posting this on FB where it caught my eye.

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