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Coalition To Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc
P. O. Box 1533
Ellicott City, MD  21041-1533



We have chosen for our logo, the “pot-bellied” rooster, as portrayed on the grave of Naomi Woolworth
who died in 1760 and is buried in  the Longmeadow Cemetery in  Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
The rooster or cock is associated, symbolically, with the qualities of

victory, courage, vigilance, and repentance.
Vigilance represents the Coalition’s watchfulness in guarding against the desecration of
burial sites in Maryland and repentance expresses our sincere desire
to right this wrong through public awareness and remedial justice.

The Coalition was formed in the summer of 1991 to address concerns not covered by existing laws and organizations.
Membership is open to Marylanders and others
who care about their heritage and their ancestors.
Coalition members appreciate the importance of burial sites as hallowed grounds, irreplaceable cultural resources, and sources of valuable
genealogical data,  often found nowhere else.  The Coalition recognizes that many burial sites are established through a purchased right of burial
that is protected by the laws of Maryland, with such right passing on to the relatives of the deceased,
and which right cannot lawfully be abridged by others at will.

Most of us imagine a burial as a respectful and dignified laying to rest of a person who touched our lives and contributed to our culture.  In time, however,
burial sites, left unprotected, can fall victim to expediency and the impulsive exploitation by others who are seeking a short-term economic or personal goal. 
The Coalition believes that the willful desecration or destruction of burial sites is unacceptable in a civilized society.

Learn more about us by reading about our Objectives and Mission Statement.

Coalition Calendar

Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, February 28, 2015
1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Savage Library
9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD

Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, April 11, 2015
1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Savage Library
9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings

Nominations for 2015 Periwinkle Awards due on March 15, 2015.
Click here for the Periwinkle Award Nomination Form.

24th Annual Coalition Meeting
 and Statewide Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2015
  Shrine of St. Anthony Monastery
Clarksville, Maryand
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To donate Silent Auction items contact SandyWright


Nominate deserving people and projects for 2015 Periwinkle Awards

Serve on the 2015 Periwinkle Awards Committee

Suggest speakers and topics for May 2015 Annual Meeting

Join the Outreach Committee to respond to querries, visit cemeteries in need

Serve on the Board of Directors

Help start up the new James R. Trader fund

Provide examples of endangered Maryland cemeteries

Information needed on active adopt-a-cemetery programs and addressing abandoned and neglected cemeteries

Contact Fred Dorsey, Howard County Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board

Please Note: The Coalition does not maintain a list of cemetery locations or individual burials in Maryland. 

We recommend that you visit the Related Links page or the County Pages for links to
Internet sites that may assist you in locating burial grounds and individual burials in Maryland. 

Coalition Courier  updated

Annual Meeting  updated

Board of Directors and Officers 


County Pages

Coalition's Objectives and Mission Statement


Items for Sale

Legislative Update

Maryland Laws and Regulations


Outreach Committee

Periwinkle Awardsupdated

President's Message 

Related Links

Threats to Maryland Burial Sites

Upcoming Events updated

Volunteer Opportunities

Coalition's Guide to Burial Site Stewardship 


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