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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of August 29)

Updated: Sep 6

Posted September 5, 2022 by M.S. Coyne


Last week in the Cemetery was WET!


Tuesday was rained out, but Thursday morning it was dry enough to trim the last bit of the fence line on the Northwest side of the cemetery (Chestnut St. side). The nest step (a long one) is to remove the vines that have grown onto the fence. Once that is completed, we’ll still have a background of vines behind the fence, but the ornamental fence itself will be more clearly visible.


Saturday morning was also wet and rainy, but a group of 10 students from UK’s Service and Community Engagement Program arrived for a work session and accomplished a tremendous amount:


They moved all the debris from the fence line to our debris pile

They mulched trees in Section A and in Section D

They weeded in our heirloom Daylily garden in Section F

And they repositioned the marker of Henry King in Section D, which has been knocked down by growth

of an adjacent Black Walnut. Henry King was one of three individuals who originally purchased the cemetery property. His marker also includes the names of two other family members.



We also purchased various flowering shrubs with a grant from the Lexington Garden Clubs and will be planting them next week at the front gates with our collaborators from Hoe ‘N Hope Garden Club. That will complete the renovation of the gates, which has been a two-year project.


Remember that if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2, please contact Mark Coyne at mscoyn00@gmail.com to plan a visit. As always, feel free to visit African Cemetery No. 2 any time.

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