Coppin State University is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a public event, The Laurel Cemetery Project Symposium. Laurel Cemetery, established in 1852, was Baltimore’s first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans, but was demolished in 1958.
The symposium will bring together community residents, descendants, amateur historians, scholars, preservation professionals, students, and other interested parties in a public presentation and discussion of project findings. The symposium is free to the public and will include presentations on archaeological, historical, and genealogical work relative to the site, a panel on the protection of African American burial sites, and a facilitated community discussion to collaboratively outline a strategy for respectfully memorializing the site. A timeline exhibit will be presented at the symposium displaying important dates related to the operation of the cemetery, biographical sketches of individuals buried there, issues related to its demolition and partial relocation, and present day concerns for preservation at the main site in East Baltimore. The event will be held on June 15th from 10 am to 3 pm in the Talon Center at Coppin State University.