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PersonS of Color Cemetery


When the Oakwood Fencing Company became aware of the Persons of Color Cemetery, located next to Rothermel Park, their representative contacted the Village with an offer to donate vintage wrought iron fencing.  The fencing sections were stored over the winter in the DPW garage.  DPW staffers, Rob Meehan and David Booth, worked with the Mayor and a committee of volunteers to plan a border to delineate the boundaries of the cemetery with fencing and planters.  Rob,  David and Nate Becker reconditioned and painted each section of fencing, mounted the renovated sections on surplus granite curbing, and placed the fencing in the cemetery.  In the past month the landscaping and fence installation has been completed. 

In 2016 the Persons of Color Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  From this project’s inception in 2012, all improvements have been accomplished through the efforts of local residents and from generous financial contributions.  The gift from Oakwood Fencing is greatly appreciated. 


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