Forest Hills Cemetery is not just a place of burial; it is a place where we remember people and tell their stories. Friends and family, notable people and inspiring leaders - the generations that shaped Boston history and our world are all represented at Forest Hills.

The Forest Hills Educational Trust is organizing a research project led by Sylvia McDowell, to recover and record the stories of African Americans buried at Forest Hills during its 160-year history. Our goal is to enrich and diversify our understanding of who is buried at Forest Hills and how their lives made a difference. Please nominate interesting individuals you know to be here - ancestors, friends, artists or community leaders - and share highlights from their life stories. We want to hear your ideas about what makes a person "prominent" - did they lead a volunteer effort, start a community organization or run a school? Have a pioneering education or career? Advocate for better conditions in their neighborhood?

We plan to use the information we collect through these nomination forms to create new educational materials and tours for visitors, and we will preserve these Nomination Forms in the Trust's archives for future projects. You can fill out as many forms as you like. Thank you for your support and participation!

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Nomination Form
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