African American Cemetery Restoration

About the Project

Working together to enlist support for the African American Cemeteries Restoration project is the Gullah Society, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charleston, the International African American Museum, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Charleston.

The first restoration project included cleanup efforts on March 13 and April 17, 2021, at the cemeteries of historic Morris Street Baptist Church and Union Baptist Church located on Oceanic Street in Charleston. Portions of these cemeteries were completely overgrown with unsightly weeds, shrubs, and small trees.

Early research conducted at these cemetery sites by the Gullah Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charleston has discovered two gravestones belonging to Samuel Ferguson and Pompey Grant, two formerly enslaved individuals who served in the United States Colored Troops, which was established by the War Department in 1863.

The Cemeteries Restoration Fund was launched March 13, 2021 to generate funds restricted to targeted initiatives that restore and repair historically significant African-American burial sites in the Lowcountry. This fund is managed by The Preservation Society of Charleston and is used to underwrite costs not covered by in-kind professional services and volunteers enlisted in support of the African American Cemeteries Restoration Project.

Your support will help restore significant cemetery sites that have been in decline over several years.