The Hope & Challenges Of Mount Moriah Cemetery

 

Neal Santos, for City Paper

Neal Santos, for City Paper

  • City Paper covers the revival of Southwest Philly’s Mount Moriah Cemetery. “Long abandoned, Mount Moriah relies on volunteers … to maintain its grounds, a Herculean undertaking given the graveyard’s vastness and the hydra-like invasive plants that require constant attention.” But its stewards are dreaming of a return to the days of relevance for the 200-acre “natural sanctuary.” “They envision a respite for cyclists, bird watchers, historians and picnickers. But Mount Moriah’s issues — legal, financial and ecological — could take years to untangle, especially when there is no precedent for handling a situation of this scope and complexity.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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