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Event: Shady Grove Cemetery Presentation

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM to Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Location: University Center

Contact: 573.335.1631


Historian Bob Blythe will give a presentation on Shady Grove Cemetery Saturday, May 28th at 10:00AM at Southeast Missouri State University. The presentation will be at the University Center in Ballroom A on the 4th floor. The presentation is free and open to the public. Shady Grove Cemetery is historically significant, as it is one of the hundreds of cemeteries that was maintained by newly freed African Americans in the South after the Civil War.
Shady Grove Cemetery’s history provides us with insight into slavery in Missouri, Including the freedom and challenges that African Americans faced in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War during Reconstruction; What the roles of the church school, and mutual aid societies were within the Black community and the important role African American men, like Washington Giboney who fought to preserve the Union. Bob will also talk about the ongoing effort to preserve and commemorate African American Cemeteries nationwide and the integral part they play it in our collective history.

For more information, please contact Brenda Newbern at 573-335-1631 or