Eagle Scout project: African American Burial Ground for Enslaved at Belmont
Eagle Scout project to construct a trail through the African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont so visitors can pay their respects.
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My plan is to construct a 400-foot walking trail through the sacred African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont. I will also be laying down pavers near the graves to demarcate the area.
Located at the southeast intersection of Belmont Ridge Road and Route 7 in Ashburn VA, the three-acre property was used by enslaved Africans of the Belmont plantation as a gathering place and as a burial ground. Constructing a walking trail through the cemetery will allow visitors to have access to an important part of American history and will allow people to pay their respects to the people buried there.
My goal is to uplift the cemetery as much as I can and to do my part in honoring those who sacrificed so much to build our country. Your support for this is greatly appreciated.
Please consider volunteering by signing up here to help with construction of the trail. We will be using:
Thank you for your consideration.
Mikaeel Martinez Jaka
Troop 163 and Crew 786 Life Scout
Order of the Arrow, Brotherhood Honor