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Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project
We endeavor to erect a permanent memorial in recognition of the thousands of African Americans interred at Historic Laurel Cemetery, to ensure the safety and stability of the site into the foreseeable future, and to educate the public about the rich history of the cemetery and the lives of those buried there.
- Create an exhibit on Belair Road that tells the history of the cemetery and conveys its important historic role in the African American Community of Baltimore.
- Create a mural on the Belair Road side of the shopping center that appropriately communicates the significance of the cemetery and all buried there: the wealthy, the poor, the famous, and those whose lives have been forgotten.
- Construct a retaining wall adjacent to the open area along Bel Air Road to protect human remains from erosion.
- Establish markers at the points of entry into the Belair-Edison Shopping Center.
- Develop an educational program for K-12 students involving both web-based and classroom content.
- Develop a series of public events and a traveling exhibit that can be used to educate the community about the history of Laurel Cemetery and the people interred there.
- Erect a roadside historic marker at the Carroll County Laurel Cemetery site.
Chairman: Elgin Klugh, PhD
Secretary: Molly Ricks
Treasurer: Deidre Ferron
John H. Carter
Ronald Castanzo, PhD
Inez Haynie Dodson
Sharon L. Haynie
Donna T. Hollie, PhD
Rob Schoeberlein, PhD
Isaac Shearn, PhD