Miami Dade County Community Forum

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UEL Board Member Enid Pinkney in the news today.

The Miami Herald reported that:

A long-lost black-only Miami cemetery discovered by construction workers was dedicated as a memorial park.

The dedication was the culmination of a two-year effort to preserve the burial ground, all signs of which had long ago been erased, and turn it into a park open to the public even though it sits within a private housing complex.

“We preserved our history. We restored our dignity,’’ said the Rev. Jesse E. Martin, pastor of Community Outreach Baptist Church. “We have kept our promise that those who lie here today will rest in peace.’’

Among those: John Clark, the grandfather of preservationist Enid Pinkney, who led the effort to save the cemetery but was unaware of her connection to it until researcher Larry Wiggins unearthed a list of people buried in it.

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