Mayhew The Forgotten Cemetery Virtual Lunch and Learn Event

Fort Scott Community College houses The Gordon Parks Museum.

Celebrating Black History Month

Mayhew The Forgotten Cemetery Virtual Lunch and Learn Event

The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College will host “Mayhew The Forgotten Cemetery” a presentation and discussion by Shirley Hurd and Ann Rawlins on Friday, February 12 at 11:00 am virtual on Zoom.

Members of the community and the public are invited to attend the free Zoom online program. Registration is required.

To register for the free webinar Zoom event go to:

Presentation Explores almost 70 years of a predominantly African-American abandoned cemetery’s history in Fort Scott, KS brought back to life with displays of artifacts, research notes, family history, maps, and aerial drone photos.

The abandoned Mayhew Cemetery was active from about 1868 -1937. The Mayhew is located in Fort Scott, KS. There are no tombstones to mark the graves of at least 176 early Fort Scott and Bourbon County citizens buried there.

A Mayhew Cemetery project fund has been established by both Shirley and Ann, in memory of the Mayhew Cemetery.

The donations will be used to build a memorial stone with all the names engraved and will be located for the public to view.

Donations can be accepted by Landmark National Bank, 2300 S. Main St. Fort Scott, KS, 66071 or online via the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce website.

For more information about the donation: Contact Ann Rawlins at the OFGS with any questions at 620-223-3300 or [email protected].

Shirley Hurd and Ann Rawlins are both members, librarians, and researchers for the Old Fort Genealogy Society in Fort Scott, KS

For more information about “Mayhew The Forgotten Cemetery” contact the Gordon Parks Museum at 620-223-2700 ext 5850 or visit

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