Philadelphia looks to educate residents about graveyard lost to time

'We're going to start doing a series of community engagements meetings.'

Justin Udo
June 10, 2018 - 10:15 pm

PHILADELPHIA ( KYW Newsradio) -- Officials in Philadelphia are looking educate the public about a long forgotten historic site. 

Until about a decade ago, a graveyard used in the 19th century, in the Queen Village section of city, was made into an area for the community.

“The recreation center building, and part of the tennis courts sit on top of one of the most historic African-American sites in the country,” said Kelly Lee, Philadelphia's chief cultural officer.

She says between three and five thousand people are buried at the site, and they want to give them the respect they deserve.

“We're going to start doing a series of community engagements meetings,” she said.

Lee says the city will start engaging and educating the community about the area on Tuesday morning.

“The city will be doing an actual announcement about the Bethel burying ground historic site,” she said. “The whole purpose is to really develop a memorial that captures the historic significance of this site, and celebrate the lives that are buried there.”