Under the enthusiastic and steady hand of project coordinator Glenn Wallace, this initiative is right on schedule. By the February 9, 2018, effective date of Bill 24-17 — Burial Sites, passed by a unanimous County Council, cemetery advocates were in the field revisiting the initial Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory (MCCI) conducted 2004-2009. Accomplishments thus far include converting the 2009 list of known cemeteries to Excel, revising the survey form, adding newly discovered cemeteries, providing FindaGrave links and creating new entries, coordinating with Montgomery Planning GIS personnel, conducting research on sites identified as Lost or Relocated, and scanning paper files on every known cemetery. Three training sessions were conducted (in Rockville, Silver Spring, and Sugarland) after which volunteer leaders, assistants, and surveyors were given detailed survey packets and assigned to Zones and specific burial sites around the county. The February 10 session focused on African American cemeteries, featured a talk on Burial Societies, and resulted in a list of more than 80 African American sites. Another training session is scheduled for March 10, 11 am-1 pm at Norbeck-Muncaster Recreation Center in Rockville. By mid-February, a dozen forms were completed, and more than 50 volunteers were out conducting surveys and photographing cemeteries.
Visit the Historic Cemeteries webpage to find out more about this project! More information will be added to this website as the project progresses.