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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of September 19)

Posted September 25, 2022 by M.S. Coyne

Last week in the African Cemetery No. 2 was alternately MISTY, COOL, DRY, AND PLEASANT.

There are some days you can be in the right place at the right time. Tuesday morning as the early mists were clearing the sun broke through the clouds to paint a gorgeous picture of the cemetery grounds.

The rest of the morning was devoted to chipping away at the brush pile to create mulch for our trees and mowing the parkway.

Thursday, we installed seven new markers for Civil War Veterans buried in the cemetery. There are currently at least 149 such veterans buried in African Cemetery No. 2.

Several other markers that have been knocked over were reset, including one for the King family who were instrumental in founding the cemetery.

Friday was a dry day, good for mowing. Early in the afternoon one of our resident Red Tailed Hawks decided to make himself part of one of the monuments.

All things continue to look good for two big events we will be holding in African Cemetery No. 2 in October.

1. A performance of Julia Perry and Florence Price’s compositions by the Lexington Philharmonic on October 1 (4-5 pm)(Lexington Philharmonic WebSite ( The rain date is Sunday October 2 from 4-5.

2. Tree Week Events ( from October 8-16. We’ll have walking tours available on October 9 th and 13 th from 5-7 and a special tree print making program on October 15 from 2-4. Bring the kids!

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 to plan a visit.

As always, feel free to visit African Cemetery No. 2 any time.

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