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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
On a steep hillside up the street from an auto repair shop, a group of McDaniel College students are piecing together long-forgotten lives. The students pull back brambles, trim branches and press flour into tombstones carved a century or more ago. They are trying to uncover the details of the lives of some of the early African-American residents of this small Frederick County town. "They were forgotten, but we're bringing their names back," said junior Emoff Amofa, 21, who is taking professor Rick Smith's January session class on tracing family histories.
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Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
In the 2.3 acres surrounding Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, a subtle link to local history lies in a cemetery that dates back nearly 200 years. At least 1,800 graves - few with headstones, many belonging to former slaves - are on the grounds, each bearing a story and a key to the past. For the past 15 months, a dedicated team from the church has worked to identify each person buried there and perhaps even discover their stories. "It's important that we know who helped pave the way for us, because if this generation does not do it, I don't know what the next generation will do," said Elinor Thompson, who has led the effort.
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By Dan Rodricks | June 24, 2010
My family has been issued a $40 ticket by a speed camera set up near a cemetery in Baltimore. Whoever was driving the vehicle at the time — there are four suspects, but none of us can remember what we were doing at 8:23 a.m. on June 1 — was clocked and photographed doing 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, on the northbound side of Bellona Avenue, along a cemetery. The cemetery is quite typical — everyone is dead there, except for the occasional guy with a lawn mower.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Francis Scott Key is so closely identified with Fort McHenry that the South Baltimore landmark is considered the go-to place to learn how the 15-starred American flag that flew after the fort's bombardment 200 years ago inspired him to write the poem that became the national anthem. But those wishing to pay their final respects to the lawyer-turned-poet could also head 50 miles west to Frederick, where Key is buried in a sprawling cemetery that runs along U.S. 40 where it shares the roadway with busy Interstate 70. "Key always wanted to be buried in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains," said Ron Pearcey, the superintendent of Mount Olivet Cemetery.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
When the Su family chose a burial plot two years ago, it had all the traditional elements valued in their native Taiwan. The site, protected by a hill, faced the sun in the south and overlooked a scenic lake at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. Family members, who visit the site weekly, are delighted that there are so many more of the Asian designs and symbols that for centuries have honored the dead and comforted the living. The Sus now walk through a polished granite pagoda to the cemetery's Garden of Tranquility, which will be formally dedicated Wednesday.
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December 13, 1992
The Howard Chapel Cemetery received a marker Friday commemorating it as the burial ground of the original 1862 African-American community of Howard Chapel.On hand for the ceremony were about 60 people from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which issued the marker, and descendants of families buried in the Patuxent River State Park cemetery."It's an aspect of heritage that's been overlooked," said George Hill, a DNR landscape architect. "We felt the need to commemorate it and make it a living piece of history."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2010
After more than a week of hacking away at underbrush and weedy trees, landscape workers have tamed nearly 30 years of neglect at one of Baltimore's oldest Roman Catholic cemeteries. The 7-acre St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, which is surrounded by Clifton Park, has emerged from its first clean-up since it officially closed in the 1980s. Workers cleared away tall grasses, unruly trees and nearly 5 tons of debris around four sections of askew grave markers and upturned headstones.
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Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
In the 2.3 acres surrounding Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, a subtle link to local history lies in a cemetery that dates back nearly 200 years. At least 1,800 graves - few with headstones, many belonging to former slaves - are on the grounds, each bearing a story and a key to the past. For the past 15 months, a dedicated team from the church has worked to identify each person buried there and perhaps even discover their stories. "It's important that we know who helped pave the way for us, because if this generation does not do it, I don't know what the next generation will do," said Elinor Thompson, who has led the effort.
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May 30, 2006
William David "Bill" Berkey Sr., a cemetery superintendent and active member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland, died of prostate cancer May 23 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81. Born in Baltimore, Mr. Berkey worked as a young man for Atlantic Broom Co. and the Crown Cork and Seal Co. He lived for most of his life in the Highlandtown area. In 1961, he became superintendent of Oheb Shalom Cemetery in East Baltimore and Oheb Shalom Memorial Park of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, a job he held until his death.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | November 25, 1990
Vandals at one of Baltimore's largest cemeteries indiscriminately toppled about 300 headstones and monuments -- some dating from the mid-1800s -- late Friday or early yesterday, police reported.The grave markers were overturned in eight of the oldest sections of the 100-acre Baltimore Cemetery, known for its distinctive castle-like gates at the east end of North Avenue at Rose Street."When you don't have respect for the cemetery and the dead, what do you have respect for?" said Joseph T. Poore, 48, foreman at the cemetery and one of the workers who discovered the damage early yesterday.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Hundreds of mourners bid farewell Thursday to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War. General Greene, a former leader at Aberdeen Proving Ground who was shot to death last week in Afghanistan, was laid to rest during a somber ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, retired Col. Sue Myers, and their son, Lt. Matthew J. Greene, saluted his flag-draped coffin as a howitzer fired a 13-gun salute. The burial followed a private memorial service attended by 800 mourners, many in uniform, at Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A Cleveland Browns fan who uploaded a video of himself apparently urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell 's grave last month has been charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery, Baltimore County police said. Paul S. Serbu, 61, of the first block of Meadowcrest Dr. in Franklin, Ohio, was issued a criminal summons last month ordering him to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $500 fine. He was identified by police Tuesday.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Towson's brand-new movie palace comes with all the accouterments of modern filmgoing: 15 tiered auditoriums, floor-to-ceiling screens, leather seats, even a choice of wines. But the Cinemark theater, which opened July 10, also offers guests an unexpected sight from another age: a single, grizzled headstone from 1834. As construction crews built Towson Square, a four-acre, $85 million entertainment complex anchored by the multiplex on East Joppa Road, they worked around a tiny cemetery that holds the remains of about 18 of the town's earliest settlers.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave, a spokeswoman said. “There is a statute on the books that regulates disorderly or indecent conduct in a cemetery,” county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email Wednesday. “They have to look at the video to see if the behavior depicted fits the statute. … Also, Pikesville officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Also,  Pikesville  officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Armacost said the incident would be a misdemeanor crime if pursued.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
City police were investigating the shooting of a man Thursday afternoon in East Baltimore just north of Green Mount Cemetery. The shooting was reported at 2:45 p.m. in the 700 block of E. 21 s t St., and police said the 21-year-old victim was shot in the arm. Eastern District detectives were investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2433. jfenton@baltsun.com
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Jacques Kelly | May 23, 2014
Not quite four years ago, I began some trips to St. Vincent Cemetery, an old and abandoned burying ground largely surrounded by the Clifton Park Golf Course in Northeast Baltimore. In that summer of 2010, a small group of descendants of those buried there initiated a campaign to get the weeds and invasive trees cut down - and to win respect for the spot where nearly 3,700 people rest. Last fall, a 15-year-old Dulaney High School sophomore from Lutherville, John Patrick Nolan III, stepped up. As his Eagle Scout project, he decided to improve the cemetery's condition.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 22, 1994
A long time ago, when he was first teaching us how to laugh through our neuroses, Woody Allen wrote a play called "Death Knocks." Death turned out to be some klutz who stumbles into a bedroom, out of breath and thirsty and asking for a Fresca before he takes a fellow named Nat to the Great Beyond."
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1996
The family of John D. Minick, who was buried in Laurel in 1987 in an already-occupied grave, has filed a $15 million lawsuit against Maryland National Memorial Park and its parent company.The suit, filed last month in Prince George's County Circuit Court, accuses officials of the cemetery along U.S. 1 of intentionally misleading Mr. Minick's widow and other relatives about the contents of gravesite 145 A, in the veterans section of the cemetery. The suits asks for more than $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
- The Navy will award its highest non-combat decoration for heroism Friday to a Hagerstown sailor killed last month in a shooting in Norfolk, Va., officials said. Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, who was assigned to Naval Security Forces at Naval Station Norfolk, was shielding a sailor from a civilian truck driver who had taken her gun during the March 24 confrontation aboard the destroyer USS Mahan, officials said. Mayo was 24. Jeffrey Tyrone Savage shot Mayo, officials said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Past mournful statues with age-darkened faces and along the graves of railroad barons, Civil War generals and an infamous assassin, wound a small group who had connected through a most modern forum - the website Yelp. About a dozen people tramped through Green Mount Cemetery on Saturday afternoon in an informal tour organized by members of Yelp, a site best known for hosting reviews of restaurants and other local attractions. Jamie Schott, 38, organized the tour of the cemetery, which has captivated him since he moved to the adjacent Station North neighborhood a few years ago. "This is one of the most overlooked places in the city," said Schott, a social worker.
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