Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County

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Tombstone Tuesday

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Three tombstones set on a grassy lawn with cleaning supplies and suds. Inscriptions provide the date, time, and location of Tombstone Tuesday on July 16 at 6pm in Vine Street Cemetery.

Roll up your sleeves with us to scrub the dirt off a bit of history. Join us on Tuesday, July 16 at 6pm in Vine Street Cemetery (also known as Union Benevolent Society Cemetery)* for our first Tombstone Tuesday of the summer. 

Located on Vine Street just past Wood and Bradshaw streets, this cemetery was established in 1866 by the Union Benevolent Society, an organization of newly-freed African Americans just after the conclusion of the Civil War. The group was one of several Black benevolent societies locally and nationally. It served the purpose of financially caring for widows and orphans and for providing a burial place for its members. Commonly referred to as Vine Street Cemetery, this site is the final resting place of hundreds of local people including dozens of African American veterans of the Civil War. The cemetery ceased to be used as an active burial ground in the mid-20th century and is now owned and maintained by the City of Hopkinsville.

Folks will receive a brief training on respectful cemetery etiquette and on how to document and clean historic tombstones safely before grabbing a bucket and brush. Learn more about Hopkinsville’s history while making our community a brighter place!

This program is free to attend, and the Museum will provide all supplies – including bug spray. We encourage folks to wear real shoes (not sandals) and pants.

This is the fourth year that the Museum has cleaned tombstones as a community outreach program. Our friends at Hoptown Chronicle wrote THIS great article about our first cleaning last year.

Can’t join us this month? We will clean tombstones on Saturday, August 10 at 10am and Tuesday, September 24 at 6pm (weather permitting). Stay tuned for more details and updates.


July 16
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County
(270) 887-4270
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Vine Street Cemetery
North Vine & Dupuy streets
Hopkinsville, KY 42240 United States
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