Thursday, June 4, 2009

Scouts Honor Local History

Taylor DeVinney of Ridgeway, recently led the scouts of Troop 61 in a project to honor local history. For his Eagle Scout Project, Taylor created grave markers for the 18 graves located in the Burgess Family Cemetery of Ridgeway, VA.
The cemetery is part of a project that the Dan River Basin Association has been working on along with decsendants of the former slaves "Uncle" John & Jane Burgess and community partners such as Bassett Historical Center and Norris Funeral Services.
The scouts created wooden plank grave markers made of poplar wood with a pecan stain. Marine grade varnish was applied to the planks so that they will stand up to the elements. The scouts installed the markers so that each grave is now identified. A number of each plank represents the order in which the grave sites were discovered. For the graves that have been identified, information about those individuals is being engraved on aluminum plaques to be attached underneath the numbers. Thank you Troop 61 for completing this project to enhance the cemetery!

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