From Joe Certaine: January 14, 2016
Earlier today we learned that Bethel Burying Ground has been placed on the National Park Service Registry of Historic Sites.
This is a tremendous achievement and a major step in our ongoing effort to protect and preserve this publicly owned historic site. Five thousand Black Philadelphians who formed and protected the existence of our community are interred underneath the grounds of Waccacoe Playground in the Southwark community of Philadelphia.
We will soon schedule an event to thank all of those who have been helpful in our effort to achieve this important goal. Our struggle is not over. We still must impress upon the administration of Mayor Kenney the importance of this taxpayer owned historic site and the need to protect and preserve Bethel Burying Ground as a major historic asset of the City of Philadelphia.
Congratulations to the Friends of Bethel Burying Ground Coalition. Please keep up the pressure until we can achieve our goal of a permanent, protected, undesecrated, resting place for our ancestors in the African Diaspora. Well done.