ANMOORE, Harrison County (Oct. 15, 2018) --- The Harrison County Historical Society and Historic Clarksburg West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Alliance are teaming up with local volunteer groups and XTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, for a two-day cleanup of Fraternal Memorial Park, a recently re-discovered and historic African American cemetery in Anmoore.
The cleanups will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 at the cemetery, which is located on Woodson Boulevard not far from the Interstate 79 exit in Anmoore. Volunteers will mow grass, clear brush, pick up litter, trim trees and clean up around the grounds. Equipment is limited, so anyone participating is asked to bring weed whackers, hedge clippers, tree trimmers and fuel. Bottled water and lunch will be provided.
The cleanups are open to any residents who want to volunteer. Volunteers are asked to pre-register. The Historic Clarksburg West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Alliance has set up Facebook event calendars for both cleanups, with details about the Oct. 20 cleanup HERE and the Oct. 21 event HERE.
WHAT: Fraternal Memorial Park Cemetery Cleanup
WHO: Harrison County Historical Society, Historic Clarksburg West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Alliance, and XTO Energy
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21
WHERE: Woodson Boulevard in Anmoore, Harrison County
XTO Energy announced last summer that it was donating land to a local historical organization for preservation after crews working there came across dozens of unmarked graves, which are believed to belong to African Americans from as far back as the 1920s. The land transfer recently completed with the Historic Clarksburg West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Alliance. Research continues on who is buried there.