Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

African American Cultural Landscapes: A Dialogue on Memorials, Monuments, and Cemeteries

August 13, 2020

The Board of Eden Cemetery Company invites you to attend the 118th Founders Day Celebration (virtual) on Friday, August 14, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm. This year we are hosting two exciting programs.

The first program at 2:00 pm is a celebration of Eden’s 118 years of Service and Stewardship. 

Lenwood Sloan, Cultural Specialist, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Monument Project, and Producer of the Frances Project, will be the guest speaker and honoree. Mr. Sloan will be presented with Eden’s Founders Day Award of Appreciation for his commitment to cultural agency, his willingness to pursue the objective of freedom, and his continuing support of Eden Cemetery.

The second program at 3:00 pm is a panel discussion entitled: “African American Cultural Landscapes: A Dialogue on Memorials, Monuments, and Cemeteries”.  Panel participants include: Chapman-Smith, Catto Memorial Fund – lead for education initiatives and formerly National Archives Mid Atlantic Regional Administrator; Azzurra Cox, Designer and Landscape Architect, National Olmstead Scholar, and consultant to the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association; P. Gabrielle Foreman, Professor of American Literature and African American Studies and History at Penn State University and Founding Director of the Colored Conventions Project; Ivan Henderson, Vice President of Programming at the African American Museum of Philadelphia; Lenwood Sloan, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Monument Project and Producer of the Frances Project; and Adrienne Whaley, Senior Manager, K-12 Education at the Museum of the American Revolution and member of the Dinah Memorial Project Committee at Stenton. 

Please use the links to find out more about Eden Cemetery, each program, and to register for each program.

Founders Day Celebration

Founders Day Panel Discussion


Both programs are being held using the Zoom platform. 


Historic Eden Cemetery

1434 Springfield Road

Collingdale PA 19023

National Register of Historic Places

National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom



Octavius V. Catto

Commonwealth Monument Project

Greenwood Cemetery

The Colored Convention Project

The Dinah Memorial Project

The Frances Project