Free Cemetery Preservation Workshop this Friday & Saturday

The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Zion Community Project are hosting a two-day workshop on cemetery preservation. Leading the workshop will be nationally recognized expert Jonathan Appell, CEO of Connecticut-based Atlas Preservation. Sessions on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, will be held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Zion Christin Cemetery, 1426 South Parkway.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should bring a collapsible chair, sunscreen, and their own lunch. Water will be provided. Note that there are not restroom facilities at the cemetery site.

“Over the past several years, we have made great progress in clearing Zion of brush, thorn, fallen timber, and other debris, and we now look toward preservation of monuments, mapping, and other tasks to take our restoration efforts to the next level,” said Rev. Tyrone Davis, board chair of the Zion Community Project. “We are particularly grateful to Graham Perry of the Tennessee Historical Commission for organizing this event. We are hopeful that people throughout the Memphis area who have interest in historic cemeteries will attend and benefit from the presentation,” he added.

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