Evelyn Poole-Kober restores pre-Civil War Slave cemetery

December 14, 2011

Evelyn Poole-KoberEvelyn Poole-Kober (MSLS ‘97), SILS distinguished alumna, has been honored for her restoration work in the Margaret Lane Cemetery by the Town of Hillsborough, NC through its Innovation and Customer Service Awards Program.

A burial ground for pre-Civil War slaves, the cemetery was a site for litter and loitering until Poole-Kober began her work in 1985. The cemetery holds the graves of over 150 deceased slaves.

She was recognized with a special proclamation for her contributions that “made the monument, preservation of the gravestones, and the recognition of the valued history that has been thus preserved possible.” The proclamation also credits Poole-Kober for re-activating the cemetery committee, locating one of the missing gravestones and her involvement in creating the marker that “is modeled after a design that preserves the grave markers of American pioneer Daniel Boone’s parents.”