...after renovations that included the removal of the vegetation and the restoration of the on-site vacant Chapel of the Sisters, a group of volunteers and workers from Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery are repairing dozens of the toppled headstones.
“This is very interesting,” said volunteer Luci Cooke, 19, a college student from Brown University. “It’s actually excellent because I recognized some of the names in the tombstones.”
Cooke was working alongside Vivian Normant and Ali Dore, two of the five students visiting from France and helping in the project through an exchange program sponsored by Preservation Volunteers.
They were restoring the tombstone of Angeline Cornwell, who died in 1908 at age 78.
“This is a very good experience,” said Dore. “The work is hard, but I like it.”
Normant was an English teacher in France, but now she is getting her B.A. in art history back home to teach art to high school students.
“I love the work that is being done,” she said. “We are touching a part of history.”
The group, which includes students from Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, has restored about 50 damaged headstones. The project will also relandscape the grounds and institute an interpretative history of the place.
The colonial burial ground, next to the York College campus, dates back to 1660.