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Cemetery project is labor of love and preservation at Asbury Broadneck UM
Cemetery project is labor of love and preservation at Asbury Broadneck UM

In the 2.3 acres surrounding Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, a subtle link to local history lies in a cemetery that dates back nearly 200 years. At least 1,800 graves — few with headstones, many belonging to former slaves — are on the grounds, each bearing a story and a key to the past. For the past 15 months, a dedicated team from the church has worked to identify each person buried there and perhaps even discover their stories. "It's important that we know who helped pave the way for us, because if this generation does not do it, I don't know what the next generation will do," said Elinor Thompson, who has led the effort. "Our concern is...

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