The South Bend Parks Foundation is pleased to support the City Cemetery Restoration Project, and recognizes the invaluable work put in by the Historic Preservation Commission to bring this important project to fruition. In addition, the South Bend Common Council has been instrumental in advancing the HPC’s efforts.The history of South Bend is found within the City Cemetery, and preserving this connection to our past for future generations is a duty we all share. The pioneers of South Bend, including Vice President Schuyler Colfax, Medal of Honor recipient Enoch Weiss, Samuel Caldwell Sample, Norman Eddy, many from the Studebaker family, and others make this their final resting place.
From repairing headstones to landscaping to general maintenance, better lighting, and repairing the fence, much work needs to be done to restore this iconic piece of South Bend to its rightful, dignified place in our community. Founded in 1832, City Cemetery contains approximately 14,800 burials.
The City Cemetery is, in fact, a part of South Bend Parks & Recreation. While this may seem unusual, there’s actually historical context for this. After about 1830, cemeteries in this country—beyond the family plots and church burial grounds—began appearing. They were viewed as more than just places to bury the dead; they were places to go on a picnic, to appreciate horticultural art, and even carriage races! While we don’t know if any of these activities took place in the City Cemetery, it does at least remind us of the connection to our more modern definition of parks.
We hope you’ll join us in being a part of history by making history with your donation to the City Cemetery Restoration Project.
To learn more about the City Cemetery, please visit: http://sbpark.org/parks/city-cemetery/