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Student Volunteers Clean Up Cemetery

Student Volunteers Clean Up Cemetery
Posted on 11/16/2021
Student volunteers on Veterans Day yesterday after school cleaned up a small burial site for African Americans who suffered under slavery; there’s not even a parking lot or simple access driveway for visitors—only a vague flimsy lawn sign marks the location. Immaculata sophomore Maya Mathews spearheaded the project by pitching it to Campus Ministry, serving as liaison between volunteer site manager Brionna Castillo (class of 2002) and then recruiting the nearly all-sophomore team. Having former slaves in her lineage, Maya felt called to serve this mission. The students gathered in prayer afterward within the cemetery before leaving with the plastic bags of leaves that couldn’t be left at the site; they all fitted in our compost garden’s leaf bins luckily. Maybe one day Immaculata volunteers can do more to preserve this mostly unknown piece of history. For suggestions please email [email protected] .org.