​​Restoring honor and dignity to abandoned cemeteries

The Heritage Foundation, Inc.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing my daughter and me to visit the cemetery.  While there we could see the necessity of your being careful with who goes there.  It was obvious that there was much work done there.  It has definitely made a great improvement.  We would want no one to mistakenly or otherwise ruin what has been done.  It is coming along nicely, but, of course, more work needs to be done.  Maybe I will get back to visit it again next year and see what else has been accomplished.  Let me know when the next book is ready.   Thanks again!"
Dora Gaudin, Sneads Ferry, NC

​​"To Representative Mike Stone:
At a recent meeting of the Lee County Historical Society, we were visited by a group called The Heritage Foundation.  The mission of this locally founded group is the restoration of abandoned cemeteries in Lee County. I have taken a personal interest in this organization because they are working to restore and preserve some of the hidden heritage of the many longstanding families in the county.  Every gravestone that is lost to time and neglect is not only an insult to our ancestors, but a severed link in the chain of knowledge that the past holds.  In fact, there happens to be a cemetery off of John Rosser Road that holds the grave of my GGGG Grandfather.  I found this cemetery abandoned, on my genealogical quest for who I am.  My family didn't even know that this particular relative existed, much less the cemetery in which he is buried.  This cemetery is in complete disarray and badly in need of repair.  Every year that goes by destroys a little more of what's left of the cemetery.  I feel that if left under its current conditions, my children will not have the chance of sharing the same experience as I did when I first found this site."
Christopher M. Nance, Sanford, North Carolina

​"Thank you so much for such an informative program tonight.  We applaud your efforts.  You are certainly well organized in additon to hard working - I'm sure you will see positive results in the end."
Mack Wicker
Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society,Sanford, NC

​"Talked with you tonight at the library.  I found Mrs. Harriet Bland's Certificate of Death.  Her parents were Willis Boone born in Chatham County and Rachel Crump born in Chatham County.  It looks like the funeral home was Carter.  This is exciting and I hope that I can find more information!  Your interest in the restoration of the cemetery is so exciting and we are hoping to help.  I enjoy bringing the person's life back to life through finding information about them!"
Marie Bull
Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, Sanford, NC​

​"We wish you the best in leading a volunteer activity to be so proud of that already the efforts and results are unbelievably satisfactory.  Like someone said, "Rome wasn't built in a day," and, this is true for the recovery of the Black Heritage Community Cemetery.
Showing our continued support!
John and Christine Altenburger
Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, Sanford, NC

​"Here is my donation to purchase Book No.3.  The book that I have (No. 2) was very informative.  I am looking forward to this one!  I am looking forward to the time when "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out - to a resurrection back to life."
Dora Gaudin, Sneads Ferry, North Carolina

"I find it an honor to have been given special thanks for my contribution.  But, you are owed the greatest respect and gratitude for the hard work and passion displayed in the restoration and beautification of our cemetery.  May God continue to bless you in all of your endeavors!"
Natasha Thompson, Fayetteville, North Carolina

"I enjoyed your presentation at The Questors meeting at the Blackwelder home recently and wish you much success in your efforts!"
Dorothy Hubbard, Sanford, North Carolina

“What a worthy project!  I'm so proud that you and others are embracing the challenge.  Keep up the good work! "
Sylvia Churchwell, Sanford, North Carolina

Testimonial & Concerns


James Richmond said on Sept 3, 2013 7:38 PM
I am wondering how many McIntosh are buried in the abandoned cemetery and if so do you know the location of the grave. If you have this information please forward it to me at your earliest convenience.