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HANCOCK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Faith-Based

Location

PO BOX 3356BAY ST LOUIS, MS 39521 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

I am on a mission to restore an abandoned yet very historical Cemetery. My goal for the last 3 years is to clear the ground up so I can approach the County Board about maintaining this Cemetery that is no longer active after the Church was torn down to make way for the Test Site at Stennis Space Center. 's. Upon discovery, I saw that the entrance into the woods for the Cemetery had become a trash dumping ground and headstones had been knocked down. I was able to get some Navy volunteers to help jump start clearing it up. I need volunteers to help finish it. Locals are very happy to see the work that has been done and many never knew it existed. I could use some help with completing this project. FOR DONATIONS MADE FOR THIS EFFORT, PLEASE LET THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY KNOW THAT YOU CHOOSE FOR THE DONATION TO GO TOWARDS THE SPRING BRANCH CHURCH CEMETERY IN CARE OF VANESSA POLK.

Description

In 2018 I discovered a historic abandoned Cemetery and hope to complete it by Summer. The Historical Society has printed an article about it in their newsletter to help bring in volunteers to help me clean it up and I have permission to do anything necessary to clear it up from the Historical Society and from the County as well as relatives of some of the people buried there. The Historical Societyis notmy organization and I am not a member but a volunteer which falls under their Preservation of history goal. I did just start a business called Saving Graves, LLC but this is separate from this Cemetery. I have some raking, brush cutting and will need help putting 100 crosses down for the 100 unidentified people who were moved from the Gainesville Cemetery to Spring Branch. Their markers are buried, destroyed or stolen. We have found several buried headstones and slabs and still have more to recover. I could use some help completing this project. Thank you!

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