A group from the UUCC spent several hours this weekend cleaning up the Serenity Farms Historic Burial Grounds. The site was discovered in 2012 and archeologists excavated and researched to determine that the occupants of these unmarked graves were all likely enslaved people of African descent who lived and worked on the farm and were buried between 1790 and 1810. Once the studies and examinations were complete, all the remains and artifacts were carefully reinterred at the exact spot they were found, with a religious ceremony and granite markers for future observance.
In deference to the dignity and respect these individuals are owed, an effort is made to maintain their resting place as one of peace and natural beauty. The UUCC had an opportunity to help in that endeavor this weekend. A small band of eager UU landscapers arrived on Saturday morning with rakes in hand. The groundskeepers had already mowed the overgrown summer grass. We set to work right away raking up the cut grass and moving it to compost pile. We pruned some out-of-place growth on the decorative shrubbery and weed-wacked around the grave-markers so that they could be clearly noticed. Although our task was somber, our work was joyous. We joked, laughed, and once even carried a tune.
The result was a remarkable improvement. In just a couple short hours we had made great progress in giving this resting place the serenity of its namesake. You can read much more about the history and discovery of this historical site at the Serenity Farms website. Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the event on Instagram.