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New London church volunteers plan cleanup of historic burial ground

New London — Volunteers from the Caring for Creation Committee and Sunday School students at St. James Episcopal Church are planning a cleanup and beautification project at Ye Antientist Burial Ground from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The group has met with city officials and others knowledgeable about the burial ground to learn about the site and plan the project. The 400-year-old cemetery between Huntington and Hempstead streets is one of the oldest in New England and contains a fascinating and diverse group of graves that represent the city's early history.

The project will include litter pickup, trimming around gravestones and planting of native azaleas at various locations to honor those buried there, including an area of mostly unmarked graves of enslaved African Americans.

Volunteers are welcome to join the group. For more information, contact St. James Episcopal Church at (860) 443-4989 or


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