IMAGES OF AMERICA: MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY
Nancy Cataldi and Carl Ballenas
This book is part of the well known “Images of
America” series published by Arcadia. Written by Nancy Cataldi, president of the
Historical Society and Maple Grove's historian, and Carl Ballenas,
Richmond Hill historian and school teacher, the book covers the history of Maple
Grove Cemetery from its inception to the present. It contains more than 200
photographs and text tracking the 130-year history of the cemetery, which is now
listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
The first chapter, "Creation of a Historic
Cemetery" presents the early cemetery history through antique photographs and
copies of early manuscripts, maps and letters. Most of these items are newly
discovered and never seen before. The second chapter, titled "Memorials and
Aesthetic Beauty", showcases some of the lovely monuments and sections of the
cemetery with beautiful photographs taken by Nancy Cataldi. It also describes
the different types of monuments and the symbols used on them.
"The Remarkable Dash Between Life and Death"
tells the life stories of individuals buried at Maple Grove Cemetery - some well
known in the world, and others forgotten. These stories presented are those of
authors, musicians, missionaries, civil rights activists, and artists as well as
everyday people. For example, “The Bluebird of Mulberry Bend”, Songstress Lavern
Baker, 111-year old former slave, Millie Tunnell, movie director Irving Rapper
and many others are featured.
The last chapter - “Today's Community Spirit" -
details the re-emergence of the cemetery as part of the community and offers a
view of more recent events and new growth at Maple Grove Cemetery. This chapter
gives us a view of the cemetery’s involvement in making a difference in the
neighborhood through partnerships with local groups.
This complete and informative book illustrates
the historical significance of Maple Grove Cemetery.
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