On June 25, 2016 Kirby-Smith reported to Old City cemetery to do its monthly duty and service to commemorate those Confederate Heroes buried within. There was a good turn out and the clean-up went quickly along with some badly needed tree trimming. Join us on July 23, for our next work day in Old City Cemetery and remember to bring yard tools and cleaning brushes.
On March 19 2016, the Kirby-Smith Reaper went to Evergreen Cemetery and installed twenty Southern Crosses of Honor in the Martha Reid Chapter #19 Confederate burial plot. This is in preparation of Confederate Memorial Day that will be held in Evergreen Cemetery on April 23, 2016.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — “I think they just about fixed all of them,” said Jo Ann Oren. Headstones and grave markers dating back to the 1800’s were smashed and broken. Jo Ann’s great-grandmother’s grave was one of them. “They were all turned over. It was a like a jigsaw puzzle.” She told Action News about the vandalism at St. Joseph’s cemetery back in January. The City of Jacksonville mows and trims the trees there, but they told us the damage was beyond their repair. “We just want to make sure these people aren’t forgotten,” said Calvin Hart. Calvin volunteers with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. They spent last Saturday restoring many of these headstones. “We’ve got governors. We’ve got mayors, war veterans, war heroes. This is an open history book,” said Hart. Repairing the damaged markers would have cost thousands, but Hart says knowing they helped preserve a part of Jacksonville’s history is worth so much more. “Each one of them have a story to tell, and they are worth recognizing,” said Hart. And though the bodies buried at St. Joseph’s are long gone, this will help make sure they are not forgotten. The city plans to put up a sign at the entrance to remind people it is a state felony to desecrate any cemetery.