[Summit] Sunday in the Park: Re-imagining the North Burial Ground

Erik Christiansen ebchrist at gmail.com
Thu Jun 9 11:11:10 CDT 2016

On Sunday, June 12, from 1-4 pm, the inaugural event for the Friends of the
North Burial Ground and Randall Park will be held at the North Burial
Ground, near the pedestrian gate at Rochambeau Ave. and North Main St. in
Providence. Featuring multiple guided tours by Park Rangers, historians,
and nature activists, this free event, which is open to the public, will
also include a family scavenger hunt, a tree and flower planting ceremony,
a demonstration of grave blankets, Civil War re-enactors, and live music.

The North Burial Ground (NGB) is one of the largest land holdings in the
city of Providence. It is Providence’s oldest public cemetery and serves as
the final resting place for more than 100,000 of our ancestors, including
scores of notable residents. It also houses over three centuries of
artistic headstones, memorials, and tombs, exhibiting symbolic meanings and
intrigue that provide a rich history of Providence and its inhabitants.

Its pond is a source of never-ending natural activity including regular
visits by herons, muskrats, frogs, toads, and a variety of birds.

The Friends of the NBG and Randall Park (which is the land in between North
Main Street and the cemetery proper) is a not-for-profit group recently
formed to help preserve and maintain the cemetery in the future, to make it
an economic asset for the city of Providence, to promote its value to the
public as a historic and natural resource, and to conduct events that
showcase the cemetery in various ways.


Erik Christiansen
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