This weekend, May 16-17th, is the 8th annual meeting for the Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC). This group, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, is dedicated to the preserving, restoring, and documenting of African American cemeteries. They promote and provide services in research, documentation, stone cleaning, education, maintenance, restoration and more – all related to cemeteries where individuals of African-descent are interred.
This year’s meeting will be held on the campus of Rhodes College in Memphis. During the two-day weekend, a variety of speakers will give presentations ranging from legislative efforts to archaeological preservation in Tennessee. Additionally, our very own TNGenWeb member, Jerry Butler, will present about the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database. We are so pleased that Jerry will have the opportunity to share what the TNGenWeb is doing to aid in efforts to provide and share transcriptions of cemeteries across the state.
If you’re not familiar with PAAC, now is a good time to visit their website at http://paacarcemeteries.com/and learn more about them!