Pioneer Cemetery Advocates

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A highlight of our work with one such group (the Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery) led to our discovery that there are more than forty black pioneers buried at the Pioneer Cemetery in Salem, in both marked and unmarked graves.

In 2007, the Oregon  Black Pioneers presented the City of Salem with a stone marker for the cemetery to honor the memory of those pioneers. This gift to the city was accepted by Mayor Janet Taylor at a well-attended ceremony that kicked off an exhibit called “Salem’s Black Voices,” which told the stories of many of those pioneers.