This film tells the story of the historically Black, Greenwood Cemetery in conjuction with the non-profit organization Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association (GCPA).
For far too long, the abandonment and neglect of our Black entities especially our cemeteries and burial grounds have been the norm. In recent decades, many forgotten cemeteries across the country are being rediscovered with a major push (through cities and states) to secure resources and funding for things like perpetual care, a historical identification marker and signage throughout the cemetery, with hopes of learning about, restoring and preserving the history of these sacred places and honoring those interred in them.
This film will shed an overdue light on Greenwood Cemetery and the topic of Black cemeteries. Through the lens of those who are on the ground working, including many members of the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association, relatives of those interred, as well as local scholars and historians. I hope to inspire and motivate everyone who is on the ground working to preserve and restore their history but especially Black history because Black Lives of the past, present and future will always matter.
My overall goal with this film is to give an inspiring and heartwarming narrative about Greenwood Cemetery and also serve as a call to action to anyone that are or feels connected with not only Greenwood but to the overall theme and stories. I hope this film sparks interest from the audience, and I want them to view this film and leave wanting to learn more about Greenwood Cemetery and the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association (GCPA).
I want to shed light and awareness about Greenwood Cemetery's history, give voice to those who have long been forgotten, show the struggle, hard work and dedication of the GCPA and I am hoping to bring a long-forgotten part of Saint Louis and Black history back to the forefront.