In April of 2019, a small group of dedicated volunteers came together at Lebanon Cemetery in North York Borough to help with upkeep. In the process, a very rich history of York County's African-American community was uncovered - literally. There was a sense of urgency surrounding the reclamation and preservation of this Hallowed Ground. In December of 2020, Friends of Lebanon Cemetery was created. Through volunteer efforts, we work to uncover the rich history of York County's African-American burial grounds by researching, identifying and documenting the people interred in these cemeteries, linking familial ties, preserving and restoring not just their locations but their stories. These places matter and merit our respect and protection because they represent a collective history and offer a way to preserve voices of those who were often left out of our historical narrative. Telling their stories through the preservation of their last resting places is vital to providing an authentic narrative of American history.
The Friends of Lebanon Cemetery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of African American cemeteries in York County, Pennsylvania by honoring the memory of those interred in their folds through historic research, documentation, education, preservation, restoration and community engagement.
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