Descendants Sought from Endangered Cemetery
September 27, 2000
The following was submitted by Cheryl who found this circulating on a mailing list. It reports that an expansion of an airport in St. Louis, MO is planned, and a nearby cemetery is scheduled for demolition. Descendants of those buried in the cemetery is sought.
Bridgeton Memorial Park
Bridgeton, St. Louis County, MO
This burying ground at 4616 Long Road was made into a memorial park in 1962. In 1959 several lawsuits were filed against the City for allowing the cemetery to deteriorate. Individual stones had already been removed "through error and misunderstanding" but members of the Bridgeton Historical Commission were able to learn the names of some who were buried there and a large monument was erected in 1963 which bears this inscription, "We honor the people buried here. They were part of this nations adventure and their vision lighted the path we follow today." At the dedication ceremonies, Mrs. Anna Wilson gave a talk about colored veterans who are buried here. Records indicate that the cemetery was integrated from its beginning in 1958. It was in use as late as 1954 and at least 100 people are buried in the two acres. On the bronze plaque of the monument are the following names:
Dr. William Berry
Joe Duglas, Jr.
Auston Edwards, Jr.
The Galliger Family
Creed Hall, Jr.
The Heidron Children
The Horn Family
The McClure Family
The Pueroa Family
Texas Hall Wadlington
Mary Ann Young
This list was provided by:
The Missouri Historical Society
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
There is a Shirley Wotawa that is seeking information about the persons buried here. If you can help with this project, please contact her at: 9512 Glen Owen, Ferguson, MO 63136. This address is from the fall of 1998.
You can also contact the St. Louis Dept. of Parks and Recreation Historical Preservation Office at (314) 615-0357.
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