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PAAC Jr. Society

The PAAC Junior Preservation Society was organized in 2009 as an internship for cemetery preservation. The chartering members of PAAC Junior originated from third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Martin Luther King Elementary East Lab.

 

 

Our goal with these students was to educate them in becoming cemetery preservation advocates, working to increase public awareness and activism in preserving, protecting, documenting and restoring endangered and forgotten historic cemeteries, writing the significant histories of those interred and publishing their findings.

 

PAAC Junior was organized through the Martin Luther King Elementary East Lab as a model due to the students exposure to community partnerships and significant goals that follow the EAST model of collaboration, teamwork, student growth, outreach, and technical integration. PAAC Junior’s purpose is designed to facilitate efforts in cemetery preservation through modern technology to youth and adults around the state of Arkansas.

 

PAAC JR photo

 

As with all elements of our historic past, traditions are kept alive because they have been passed on from generation to generation. But somewhere along the way, the tradition of involving our youth in the commitment and dedication in the upkeep of our family gravesites have been lost. The PAAC Junior Preservation Society is in place to assure that the stories of our forefathers will be told, that the resting place of their ancestors will be preserved and not lost due to destruction by vandals, abandonment or developers. Through the tools of technology, and under the leadership of PAAC/PAAC Junior Preservation Society the history of African American cemeteries will be preserved.

 

PAAC JR photo

 

As members of the PAAC Junior Preservation Society, students will/do assist the PAAC Organization many ways.

 

From the technology perspective:

 

1. Sharing methods and techniques of proper cemetery restoration and archaeological assistance.
2. Assisting with mapping and surveying of cemeteries.
3. Using their technology skills to develop a Junior Preservation Society web site to encourage and increase the awareness of cemetery preservation for students, teachers, and parents throughout the state and other East Lab Programs.
4. Publish a quarterly newsletter to show their active service to various communities as it relates to cemetery preservation.
5. Hosting educational programs for other youth groups and training the elder PAAC members in advance areas of technology.
6. Filming Oral Histories and Documentaries
7. Creating Cemetery Maps where none exist

 

From the Historical perspective:

 

1. Encourage their history teachers to create a curriculum noting Famous Arkansans, their contributions to society and location of burial.
2. Publish articles of community founders and how the communities in which the student lives were founded.
3. Host programs with reenactments of historical figures.

 

In Review, the students of PAAC Junior have already established a solid partnership with PAAC, Preservation of African American Cemeteries and AAHGS, The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society by participating in genealogical workshops and field trips to get a background on researching. They have collaborated with AETN in the filming of the documentary “Silent Storytellers” a must see award winning film on the preservation of Arkansas Cemeteries. I recommend that you visit our website at www.paacarcemeteries.com to view the student activities and AETN documentary. Since 2009, they have reached out to other cemetery groups by teaming to produce their own short video of cemetery preservation and through technology developed a web-page and indexing of deceased persons at Fraternal Cemetery.
 
Please join us! Our students await!
 
For more information about PAAC Jr. contact:
 
Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis
 
ttenplewis@aol.com

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