27 May WithersRavenel SUE technicians map historic Kernersville cemetery
WithersRavenel is working with the Town of Kernersville to provide some clarity and historic knowledge at an African-American graveyard.
St. Paul’s Cemetery contains graves dating to before the Civil War. Located on Main Street, the burial site for slaves and free blacks was reborn in the 1990s. Sarah Friende Hamlin, whose ancestors are buried at the site, spearheaded an effort to clear trees and brush while also enclosing the site in fencing and erecting historic markers. Volunteers from schools and organizations, led by Kernersville Historic Preservation Society, continue to maintain the site today.
Although stone markers and gravestones pepper the site, the Town enlisted WithersRavenel to help pinpoint burial sites to minimize potential disturbance by volunteers and visitors while also increasing historic knowledge.
WithersRavenel’s Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) team was able to better identify St. Paul’s grave locations, including places not previously marked. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) equipment, the more than one-acre cemetery. Information gathered from the investigation can be imported into various platforms such as ArcGIS and AutoCAD to produce a map providing greater detail and understanding of the site.
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