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* historic philadelphia cemetery needs volunteers for clean-up day

A major breakthrough in my personal family research was as simple as finding a few matching records for FREE on . I was able to find the burial of my wright gg grandparents, they lived in Northern Philadelphia abt 1880-1940. From these matching death records I was lead to The Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. And now I know- this cemetery needs our help!!

picture from FOGC website

If you're in the area, there will be a Clean Up Day at the cemetery Saturday April 2, 2011!

Information from the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Website:

April 2, 2011
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
930 Adams Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery is sponsoring the Clean-up of historic Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery on April 2, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The Friends of Greenwood is a 501(c)3 charitable organization entirely staffed by volunteers dedicated to the preservation of the cemetery’s grounds, records and the historical buildings. Whether you have family buried in the cemetery, love history, or are a resident of the community, we need your help.  Even if you can only help for an hour that’s great, every little bit helps. Bring gloves, wheel barrows, shovels, and dirt rakes and wear slacks and sturdy shoes. We will be picking up branches from the winter storms, and raking and spreading tree chips/mulch. Call FOG at 215-533-2967 for more information.

If you can’t make it to this one, we will be planning more, so please watch for future announcements.

This cemetery has quite the history! The land was owned by Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence in the late 1700's. Throughout the years this beautiful cemetery has been overgrown and neglected. On the bright side, many recent developments have been working to revitalize and preserve this historic cemetery. For more information check out the Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery and the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery.

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