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Brooklyn Union Burying Ground
Rededication

The weather was picture perfect for a visit to a cemetery: blue skies, wispy clouds, gentle breezes. Better still, it was a perfect day to rededicate a nearly forgotten Cleveland cemetery known by a number of names over the decades. Some called it the Brainerd Cemetery, others, Broadview Cemetery. Few knew it's deeded name and many didn't realize there was more on the corner of Broadview and Spring than a family restaurant next to an empty lot.

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn arranged for the Dedication on June 8, 2002 with the help of Councilperson Merle Gordon, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Bob and Eleanor Williams, Pearl Road United Methodist Church, and the HSOB Planning Committee. Opening the ceremony was Neil Richardson, followed by Rev. Paul Hoffman who gave the Invocation, and later the Dedication and Benediction. Those attending were invited to join Lou Goodwin in singing several hymns and America the Beautiful.

Historian, Lynette Filips, regaled the crowd with a detailed history of the cemetery, which is printed below. Ancestors of families buried in Brooklyn Union Burying Ground, Chuck Christian, Ralph Kluender, and Bill McDiarmid, shared their memories of early visits to the cemetery. Louise Evans read the poem, "This is a Cemetery".

The Dedication marker reflects the pride of the community -- simple, straightforward, honor-bound, much like the people the cemetery served since 1821, when it was merely a plot of land on Seth Brainerd's farm.

It is hoped that communities will follow Old Brooklyn's touching tribute for Brooklyn Union Burying Ground. We all should continue to rediscover and give recognition to our heritage by respecting and carefully caring about Ohio's burying grounds.
K.K.

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