The Good Cemeterian
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
Private Space Exploration, The Good Cemeterian, Water Crisis in Cape Town
Episode: Private Space Exploration, The Good Cemeterian, Water Crisis in Cape Town
- Feb 22, 2018
- 13:36 mins
Guest: Andrew Lumish, Founder, “The Good Cemeterian Historical Preservation Project” By the end of the Civil War, black men made up 10 percent of the Union Army. James A. Roberts was among them. He fought with the 34th Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, survived the war, came home to Florida, got married, had a daughter, worked as a janitor in a government building and lived to the age of 75. At his death, Roberts was buried in a Tampa cemetery and his story was largely forgotten - like the small weathered headstone marking his grave. That is, until a Good Cemeterian found hit. The Good Cemeterian is Andrew Lumish’s nickname. Over the years, he’s restored the gravestones of hundreds of veterans like James A. Roberts. Then he shares what information he can find about the veterans’ lives on his Facebook page. Lumish’s has started a non-profit to further his work called The Good Cemeterian Historical Preservation Project.