Historic African American Cemeteries:  Survey of Funding Needs and Preservation Obstacles
Please help the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Maryland Historical Trust, and other key partners as we research the needs and opportunities facing historic African American cemeteries in the state. Data from this survey will inform a report in spring 2022, recommending actions to help protect and preserve these important sites. For more details about this project, please visit https://bit.ly/3ECnmmV.

Note: this survey is the first phase of data collection. If you have more knowledge to contribute and wish to stay engaged in the project, please make sure to share your contact information at the end of the survey.
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1. For each of the obstacles listed below, please indicate if this is a high-, medium-, or low-level concern for historic African American cemeteries or burial sites in your community. *
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Lack of maintenance
Development pressure
Uncooperative owner
Unknown owner
Cemetery location/burial location(s) unknown
Missing or deteriorated records related to cemetery/burial site
Missing grave markers
If you responded "Other" to Question 1, please share the obstacle(s) facing cemeteries in your community.
2. If funding becomes available, what types of projects should receive support? Please indicate high, medium, or low priority. *
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Maintenance of grave markers and grounds
Mapping and identifying grave sites
Research on cemetery history and interments
Documentation for regulatory protection by local government
Digitization of archival records, including funeral home records
Research for owner identification
Legal fees to clear title, develop stewardship agreements, etc.
If you responded "Other" to Question 2, please share your priorities for cemetery funding.
3. Besides funding, what types of assistance are needed to support cemetery or burial site preservation in your community (for example: volunteers, best practices for maintenance, networking with other groups)?
4. Are you associated with a particular African American cemetery or burial site? (If the answer is "yes," please continue to Part 2 of the survey, following Question 5. If "no," you may submit your survey after you complete Question 5.)
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5. Is there any additional information you would like to share with us today?
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