For the first time in history, “Sacred Ground” brings to the public eye a selection of documents and objects from the archives and grounds of Lincoln Memorial Park, one of Miami’s most historically relevant cemeteries, which fell into disrepair for nearly a century. Rare artifacts exhibited in the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery – including original funeral home ledgers dating back to 1915, telegrams, photographs, maps, US Military markers and sculptures – offer testament to the result of months of investigation and physical restoration in the cemetery, to which the Museum has committed and will continue to realize with the help of the community following the show.
The “Caretakers” exhibition, located in Gallery 109, features a photographic essay and video documentary by renowned Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste and C. W. Griffin. The show focuses on the role of the cemetery’s roster of caretakers throughout the century – from its current owner and caretaker, to the contributions of the Coral Gables Museum, to the dedication of the community at large – in preserving this valuable piece of cultural memory.
“Sacred Ground” not only helps tell the story of an African-American community with many ties to the creation and development of Coral Gables, but relates to many of the nation’s Southern communities in regards to the representation and preservation of black history and culture. A rich schedule of related events includes visual and performance artists’ presentations, academic lectures and educational projects.
This exhibition is sponsored by the William J. and Tina Rosenberg Foundation, Frameworks, and Print BIG.
*To visit this exhibition, Museum members will pay $10 and general public, $15 at the door.