|March 23, 2011 -
The Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition will host a second community meeting on rehabilitation efforts for Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field.
The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, at the Eternal Life Harvest Center, East located at 2410 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
Members of the coalition will present the objectives of the cemetery rehabilitation project, the status of project's progress to date and current volunteer activities, early proposed design strategies, and a discussion about upcoming events and how people can get involved.
The group is also seeking input from those in attendance on the project as well as input on future plans to improve the appearance of the two long-neglected cemeteries, bring the history of the people who are buried there back to life, and create a design that makes use of the space so that it makes a positive contribution to the community.
The Odd Fellows Cemetery was established in the 1880s by several African-American social organizations that bought the land located at the intersection of Bethel Avenue on Kyle Street. Potters Field is an even older burial ground and was where many of the city's poorest residents were laid to rest.
Both sites have fallen into a dismal state of disrepair despite sporadic efforts to try and maintain them or slow down the decline. The Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition held its first meeting to address these issues last year.
Katherine Ambroziak, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Tennessee, is the coordinator of the ongoing rehabilitation project and Stephen Scruggs is the co-founder of the coalition.