Congratulations to Audrey Cimino and Thomas Gruel, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery, the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for April 2022.
The Ellsworth Cemetery was founded by six Civil War veterans from Westminster and serves as the final resting place of twenty-six soldiers who served during the war, according to Cimino and Gruel. After learning that many of the headstones in the cemetery had been damaged or destroyed, Cimino and Gruel made it their mission to replace them. “It broke my heart that these people were being forgotten,” said Gruel, who has worked to maintain the cemetery for the last twelve years.
The cemetery is significant to Carroll County because Westminster’s African American residents were primarily buried here during segregation. “This cemetery in Westminster is a treasure and a source of pride,” said Cimino.
One hundred eighty-two unmarked graves have been located in the cemetery. Cimino and Ellsworth hope to provide and repair grave stones for individuals buried in Ellsworth Cemetery. Anyone who would like to contribute to this work can give to the Carroll Community Foundation.
Congratulations, and thank you, to Audrey Cimino and Thomas Gruel, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery. They are the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for April 2022. Thanks for making Westminster awesome!
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