$50,000 investment will help restore Mount Moor Cemetery
The Mount Moor Cemetery will have soon sport a fresh look following a large investment from the town and Friends of Mount Moor Cemetery.
The cemetery is tucked in the heart of the Palisades Mall.
Created in 1849, the location served as a burial ground for Black people – a symbol of segregation African Americans faced even in death.
Nearly 30 veterans that served in the Civil War, both World Wars and the Korean War are resting there.
Veteran Solomon Miller who fought four battles in the Civil War including Appomattox, is one of them.
“They lived under the enormous indignity of racism and still rose to the challenge of fighting a war,” says Friend of Mount Moor Bill Batson.
However, many mall-goers aren’t aware of its existence, so the town hopes the restoration will increase attraction.
"The Palisades Mall has 23 million visitors a year and probably hardly any of them know about the history and the folks buried there,” says Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann.
The group and town are now replacing and restoring headstones, with 10 new headstones already built for our heroes.
"There's just so much to do here and so many stories,” says Batson.