is Needed !
with this project. You may help with a donation of time, materials
and/or money. If you are willing to help, or just want more
information, please contact the following people:
Duke Park Neighborhood Assoc.
The Duke Park Neighborhood Association was formed in 2002. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for all Duke Park residents through partnerships, community events, and direct action. Geer Cemetery is on the east side the DPNA area.
The Durham Sun - January 15, 1900
Colored Burying Ground North of City Need Attention.
The colored burying grounds, or cemetery, just beyond Mr. F. C. Geer's, out on the Roxboro road, is in rather bad shape. Numbers of the graves have sunken in, and in some instances not a thing can be seen to even indicate exactly where some of the graves are located. There are traces of where fire has recently burned the grass and straw over a portion of the burying ground, and several of the pine boards at the head and foot of the graves were burned, destroying all mark to show where the graves were.
A gentleman tells us that not very long ago, on one of the head boards he noticed that some vandal had written some very unbecoming words. As soon as the gentleman saw it, he very properly set about to erase them and succeeded in doing so. A person, be he white or colored, that would stoop to such a despicable act, is mean enough to do anything and is not entitled to the respect of decent people.
The burying ground certainly needs attention. Interments are still being made there, some having taken place during the month of December. A year or so ago we mentioned the fact that this burying ground should be attended to, but nothing has been done, and in consequence it is rapidly going to ruin.