historic cemetery

Leida Underhill, Main Street Manager, Cadiz

Cadiz City Council authorized Cadiz Renaissance to pursue plants to upgrade East End Cemetery. Mayor Lyn Bailey formed a committee whose work culminates in this Saturday's unveiling of a monument to African-Americans buried there without markers. MSU Archeology Students led by Professor Dr. Anthony Ortmann assisted with ground-penetrating radar. John L. Street Library's Kim Fortman identified the names of at least 45 African Americans listed, but officials estimate there being as many as 200 unknown graves. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Steve Jones about traditional African American burial practices.

Tour the tombstones and learn about some of Pembroke's most colorful former residents, including a Civil War veteran, a prison warden, and a man who died from an extracted wisdom tooth. Tracy Ross speaks with Janet Brevard, Programs and Exhibits Director for the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County about "Lunch in the Cemetery" at Rosedale Cemetery in Pembroke, on Saturday, June 1st at 1 p.m. Tickets are $13 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Prices include ghostly entertainment and a traditional summer picnic including fried chicken, all the fixin's and dessert. Chair or blanket recommended. Reservations required, call 270-887-4270. See more about this event, here.

Kate Lochte speaks with Ann Johnson of the Kentucky Historical Society about their Cemetery Preservation Program. They have recently added two new services, thanks to grant funds from the Steele-Reese Foundation: KHS' Pioneer Cemetery Program and its Adopt-A-Cemetery Program. Cemeteries dating prior to 1842 are considered "pioneer" and if so designated will be marked and dedicated as such. Click here to learn more about KHS Cemetery Preservation


A Daviess County family is planning to restore a cemetery in Utica that’s the resting place for a Revolutionary War soldier who was friends with Thomas Jefferson. Charles Evans says he plans to set the tombstones back up in the family plot south of Owensboro and fence it off. He also plans on applying for a historical marker. Evans’ great-great-great grandfather was Capt. Benjamin Field who was commissioned as a captain in the American Revolution by Jefferson.