On February 18, 2017, Volunteer LSU will be coordinating a cemetery restoration project at the Old Lutheran Cemetery in Baton Rouge. Cemetery restoration work enhances the appearance, safety, and overall atmosphere of the cemetery. This event will honor the history of the site and its inhabitants by means of a cleanup/ maintenance day on the grounds.
The historical Old Lutheran Cemetery represents the unique heritage of the earliest community of freed slaves in the Baton Rouge area. Traces of this community’s main values can be found in every corner of the cemetery grounds: God and family. Members of this community worked hard to achieve the “American Dream”; they learned a variety of trades, bought and maintained their own homes, and cultivated strong ideals of leadership, as well as respect, in younger generations.
Looking around Old Lutheran Cemetery, one sees colorful vaults decorated with loving messages and a plethora of special momentos- markers of this community’s rich traditions. Unfortunately, these features are often hidden and/or damaged by bad weather and plant overgrowth, resulting in a constant need to preserve and maintain this historical site. With the help of dedicated volunteers, this task can be accomplished more effectively and efficiently, leading to very meaningful experience for all those involved.