Sunday, June 07, 2009

Local Ruritan Club donates funds to help protect endangered cemeteries

News_Richlands, N.C._June 7, 2009

Richlands, North Carolina Ruritan Club donates $100.00 to Jack Robinson, Director of Resurrection Mission, an organization that locates, documents and preserves once endangered cemeteries.

Pictured (L-R) Jack Robinson; Ted Stamey, President Richlands' Ruritan Club; Dolan Oakley, Liberty Cheverlet and life-long resident of Richlands and Mary Jane Heath, Life-time member of Ruritan.

The Grave yard of the first official Mayor of Richlands, North Carolina, L.W. Hargett, and his family was encrusted with briar brush, vines, fallen trees and multiple inches of debris and compost when first visited by Jack Robinson. He has since cleaned this family grave yard, as with his other once endangered cemeteries, with care and respect. Now the Hargett family will rest in peace in a clean and protected environment.

You can reach Ted Stamey & Mary Jane Heath at 1-910-324-7369. To ask Dolan Oakley, a strong advocate in community support, questions pertaining the his dealership, you can reach him at 1-910-324-3101.

To make a finacial donation to Resurrection Mission please click on this article's title; you will then be taken to the Resurrection Mission Website. Thank you.

Compare before and after by reviewing above image's back & foreground.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Searching for our lost history through Resurrection Mission

Just a short update as to why I will start an exciting new phase for Resurrection Mission.

Our goal, as established by Ssgt. Anthony Goodwin, U.S. Marine Corps KIA, is to locate endangered cemeteries, identify "forgotten" veterans, Slaves & Former Slaves and to ensure these Hallow Grounds will be protected from urban Sprawl.

Starting next week, due to two exciting discoveries, I will be on the threshold of identifying veteran graves who served during the American Revolutionary War. Two endangered cemeteries were recently rediscovered, by accident, by county officials who, in turn, contacted me. There are not-less-then two hundred pre-1860 era graves within these two cemeteries.

Many males within these grave yards were born prior to 1780--suggesting at least some, through detailed research, will be confirmed as veterans. These men will include early American militia.

Over the next weeks, months and year, I will post updates on these and other once endangered cemeteries that Resurrection Mission is stabilizing, maintaining and preserving.

I am currently doing 100% of labor, costs and research fees at my own cost. The goal outways the financial hardship. If anyone, however, do wishe to make a financial donation it will be welcomed, warmly, to ease the borden of expsense.

To date, fourteen cemeteries are now protected and being saved for our next generation.

The adventure continues...

Best wishes,