People come together to restore Springfield’s oldest African-American cemetery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo –People come together to restore Springfield’s oldest African-American cemetery.

The Lincoln Memorial Cemetery is the oldest African-American cemetery in Springfield.

It opened in 1919 as a result of “separate but equal” laws.

It’s a cemetery for several prominent African Americans, including veterans, ministers and educators, all from the Ozarks.

Most of the more than 300 people that are buried in the cemetery are African Americans.

Court decisions in the mid-1950′s opened Lincoln Memorial to all races.

The Central High School Class of 1962 dedicated a flag pole to the cemetery.

Source: http://articles.ky3.com/2011-07-09/oldest-african-american-cemetery_29756956

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