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HEARTS Sacred Grounds '23
HEARTS Sacred Grounds '23

Sat, Aug 19


Cedar Grove and HTHS

HEARTS Sacred Grounds '23

Learn more about the known and unknown sacred grounds on the site and within the surrounding area.

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Time & Location

Aug 19, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Cedar Grove and HTHS, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA

About the event

Join us in the Cedar Grove parlor on August 19, 2023, at 2:00 for HEARTS Sacred Grounds '23 to learn about some of the oldest burial sites in Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, and North Mecklenburg, and enjoy art, ecology, and a live classical quartet too!

This month’s HEARTS (History, Ecology, Arts, Reunion, Trails, Store) event features a panel of esteemed local historians, educators, authors, and historic preservation advocates sharing their expertise on the known and unknown cemeteries of early settlers and enslaved people in our region.  In addition, recent findings will be shared regarding the burial sites of some of the formerly enslaved people who continued to work at Cedar Grove after emancipation. 


  • Betty Jane (Bee Jay) Caldwell, author, re-enactor, community activist, and historic preservation advocate sharing North Mecklenburg African American burial site history.
  • Dr. Gary Freeze, retired professor of history at Catawba College in Salisbury, specializing in the history of the North Carolina Piedmont and offering insights into Rowan’s historic Thyatira and Third Creek churches and cemeteries.
  • Jason Harpe, Public Historian/Director of Cemetery Conservation at Richard Grubb and Associates, Inc, sharing nuggets on Lincoln County’s and North Mecklenburg’s most historic burial sites.
  • Joel Reese, Local History Librarian for the Iredell County Library, sharing the history of Iredell County’s oldest known burial ground, the historic Fourth Creek Cemetary.  In addition, joined by Dr. Liza Mozer, educator, and historic preservation leader,  they’ll share new GPR (ground penetrating radar) findings from the historic Green Cemetary, a notable burial site of emancipated enslaved people in Statesville, NC.

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This is a free community event thanks to HEARTS (history, ecology, arts, reunion, trails, store) Circle members, corporate sponsor Lake Norman Realty, and our dedicated volunteers.  Donations are appreciated and tickets are recommended.


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