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The push to restore Lincoln Memorial Cemetery gains more allies in time for crucial season.

The NAACP and concerned citizens of Miami-Dade are set to organize on Thursday October 29 to raise awareness about the need to ensure dignified and respectful burial grounds for African Americans.

The Historical Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, located at 3001 NW 46th St, and is the interment site for many distinguished African American pioneers has been garnering attention. Interest is building concerning the site’s upkeep as well as its well being. Grave disturbances increase significantly during Halloween season, plenty of citizens are fed up with the cruel treatment of loved ones remains. This has prompted a substantial amount of citizens to come together with a coordinated effort to get the site maintained and secured continuously.

The Protect and Respect Rally will be hosted by the South Miami Chapter of the NAACP on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm. You do not have to be a member of the NAACP to attend this vital event. This event is free and open to all. Members of the NAACP as well as local activists and clergymen will be on site to implement an action initiative. The location’s address is 6316 SW 59th Place, Miami Fl, 33143.

This event is a part of an ongoing effort to improve and strengthen the awareness of pressing issues, and how they affect the African American community. Input and assistance from all ages is needed in this movement to restore the burial grounds.



For more information on this event, please contact NAACP representative Courtney Omega at 305 993 8570

Here's what happened to this "Old Colored Cemetery"

Deerfield Beach, Florida, a city 40 miles north of Miami, has done the right thing and is pursuing turning a historically black cemetery called "Old Colored Cemetery" over to the state for perpetual care.  

Like many historically black cemeteries, this cemetery was the only place where blacks could be buried in town.  Newspaper records showed that cemetery was active from from the 1800s through 1940.  In 1974, the landowner bulldozed all of the headstones and claimed that the bodies had been moved.  Upon further investigation, only one body had paperwork proving that it was moved.  Three archaeological studies found no bodies buried on the three acre plot of land, but many residents felt that their family was buried at the site and there were no records indicating otherwise.   A local historian has compiled a list of 300 people who are suspected of being buried on the 3 acres.   

Deerfield Beach residents banded together to stop the development project and narrowly lost the appeal to the city commissioner.  A developer started construction on a 69 unit townhouse and discovered bones onsite during excavation.  Once the bones were found, the project was halted

The developer and city are making a case to have the state agreeing to repay the developer for some of the land's value.  Eventually all parties hope to turn the site into a memorial park.  

What will it take to get others to follow the lead of Deerfield Beach?