Stories of Greenwood Cemetery's Black Veterans
Through the years, New Bern’s Black residents have answered America's call to arms and served honorably in every conflict. Many of those veterans are buried in historic Greenwood Cemetery. What began as a project by the American Legion Post 539 to clean the badly neglected graves of the cemetery’s Black veterans expanded with research by the Historical Society into the men’s lives and service. As each veteran’s headstone was identified, and with every layer of age and grime painstakingly removed, their unknown or forgotten stories surfaced and clarified. No longer neglected, we can now publicly honor these men who fought and died in every major conflict from the Civil War to Desert Storm.
At this luncheon program our speakers will describe this inspiring community project and share remarkable stories about some of these men, their service, and the times in which they lived.
- Mark Sandvigen, Carol Becton & Claudia Houston
- 11:30am - 1:30pm