Citizens Association of Georgetown: Oct. 4, 2017

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Efforts to restore the historic Mount Zion Cemetery are underway. (Brian Kapur/Current file photo)

Please join our association for our fall public meeting at Georgetown’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery on Monday at 7 p.m. Oak Hill board president George Hill will make remarks preceding the presentation by sixth-generation Georgetown resident Neville Waters, president of the Mount Zion Cemetery/Female Union Band Society. Mr. Waters will provide a historical background of the African-American cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located off Q Street at 26th Street NW, adjacent to Dumbarton House. Detailed plans for its restoration are due in the near future.

Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1848 with 22 acres that include the James Renwick-designed chapel, also listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Among the notable Washingtonians buried at Oak Hill are former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee. Civil War graves and an English garden are additional components of this area.

As part of our meeting, a tented reception on the grounds will offer refreshments provided by Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Co., established in Georgetown in 1886.

Our association’s next public meeting will be held at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in November with date and time to be determined.

— Bob vom Eigen