Restoring a Legacy .....

Historic Dempsey D. Butler Cemetery located in Camden NJ is a 144 year old African American and Civil War Union Soldier burial site.

Restoration is greatly needed to perserve this landmark and to revive a "forgotten Legacy" in the neighborhood of Centerville.

PLEASE join Friends of Butler Cemetery Association in restoring the Legacy by making a donation through Heart of Camden

OR you may donate building materials to replace hairpin fencing, benches, cemetery markers and walkways.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Legacy is shared at the 2010 National Storytellers League Convention!

This year I was asked to participate as a Psalmist during the National Storytellers League Convention held at the Marriott Hotel located downtown, Trenton, NJ, July 8-11.

The National Storytellers League ( ) is an organization that encourages the appreciation of the good and beautiful of life and literature through the art of storytelling. The NSL promotes an interest in the oral story and encourages the organization of storytelling groups. Their theme this year was "Storytelling: An Ancient Art Forever New".

During the convention Butler Cemetery history, handouts and calendars were on display to promote, “share the Butler Legacy” and inform attendees of restoration efforts. I expressed through song the quest for "freedom", honoring US Veterans, deceased and active. Highlighting those such as, William Murray; interred at Butler Cemetery. Murray denounced his slave existence as "John Sykes", fled a Maryland Plantation to fight for freedom in the Civil War, and enlisted as a Pvt., in Co. D 45th Regt US Col. Vol. Inf. at Camp William Penn in Pennsylvania on June 15, 1864.

A special THANK YOU to Willingboro NJ, Genealogist/Researcher and Author of "Common Threads", Robert House (L) and NSL Members for their support! Especially Mr. House, he was instrumental in my participation at the NSL convention.

No comments: