Fathers, Daughters Clean Up Historic Mt. Zion Cemetery

Posted: April 12, 2017

The Fathers’ Club partnered with Georgetown's Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, the oldest African American church in D.C., to help clean up its historic cemetery at 27th and Q streets. More than 80 fathers and daughters helped landscape the cemetery, which was overgrown with weeds. For six hours, the group pulled weeds, cut tree branches, removed trash, and cleared brush.

Representatives from the church also talked about its long, riveting history, particularly its role in the Underground Railroad.

“Our work yesterday is a great Easter gift to another venerable Georgetown religious community,” said Head of School Dan Kerns. In appreciation, Mt. Zion Pastor Johnsie Cogmans invited the Visitation community to a sunrise Easter service that the church will now host in the cemetery.

View photos from the event here. Photos by Pete Fleury (Claire ’18).

Read The Georgetowner’s article about the clean up.

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