Cemetery Restorers Seek Money To Undo Vandalism

September 20, 1991|By Staff report

A group working to restore a historic black cemetery in Annapolis isappealing to the public for contributions to help repair vandals' damage.

Vandals toppled and smashed at least 20 tombstones, broke into a burial vault and ripped out a new water pipe last weekend at theBrewer Hill Cemetery on West Street.

Police have no suspects.

George Phelps, president of the Brewer Hill Cemetery Association, the volunteer group restoring the graveyard, said that the vandals caused at least $2,000 worth of damage butthat workers had yet to assess the full extent of the damage.

Forthe past year, the association has been working to clean the 19th-century cemetery, straighten headstones and build a new wall along WestStreet.

The association has raised $35,000, not including a $10,700 grant from the Annapolis City Council.

The entire restoration project will cost about $80,000, Phelps said.

Contributions may be sent to George Phelps, the Brewer Hill Cemetery Association, 1908 Forest Drive, Suite L, Annapolis, 21401.

For more information, call 841-6240.

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