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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WASHINGTON PARK CEMETERY REINTERMENTS

Genealogists searching for the burial places of African Americans have a new, free research tool available at the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records website. The office has published indexing of 11,974 re-interments from Washington Park Cemetery, St. Louis County, one of the St. Louis region's largest African American cemeteries.

In 1996, the City of St. Louis acquired the northern part of Washington Park Cemetery for purposes of aviation obstruction removals and land use compatibility relating to the largest run-way at the city-owned Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The City's Washington Park Cemetery North project included disinterment, transportation, and re-interment of the human remains buried in the affected areas. Twenty-three cemeteries in Missouri and Illinois were utilized. The City was required to record a report containing the name of each deceased person disinterred and location of reburial.

The 299 page report was recorded with the St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar and is now available online as the Washington Park Cemetery North Reinterment Index. In most cases, each entry includes the name of decedent; previous burial location at Washington Park Cemetery; reburial location- name of cemetery and section, lot, and grave number; date of relocation.

A contact list for the re-interment cemeteries is also provided on the City Recorder and Registrar's website.

The southern section of Washington Park Cemetery remains in private ownership. The City Recorder and Registrar have no burial records relating to those interments.

Persons with questions relating to the Index may call 314.589.8174.

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