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Cemetery Stroll Through Bray Cemetery

It has been a while since I’ve done a cemetery stroll, so when the news broke that the gravestones for free African Americans who lived in Gloucester had been restored, I just had to go and see for myself. The graves of Robert Freeman and his wives Rhoda and Lucretia are marked with two newly restored and re-set headstones in the back corner of Bray Cemetery on Essex Ave. And they look GREAT! It was a long process to get the restoration completed but well worth the efforts. You can follow Bray Cemetery on Facebook, which is listed as an inactive City cemetery.

It is tucked between homes along Essex Ave, but marked with a easy-to-find sign. It is small and cluttered with broken stones on a downhill slope. It’s clearly old with a few slate stones mixed in with the marble headstones. The small intimate cemetery tells special tales of Gloucester, particularly appropriate as the 400th celebration is approaching fast. One thing I was reminded of while taking this stroll is that people a few hundred years ago lived longer lives than I had been led to believe. It is not uncommon to see stones for those in their 70s.

The iron fencing is intriguing as well. There are old iron braces securing the stone wall together which have obviously done their job for many many years. Thanks to Wellspring House and the City/DPW for their enormous efforts in accomplishing this restoration.

Join the Gloucester 400+ for a Musical Medley Fundraiser!

Cape Ann Community

Everybody likes to get a little Madhouse, but no one has a better time than the eight piece powerhouse rythm and blues band led bySinger Songwriter John Keegan. Put on your dancing shoes and head to Blue Collar Lobster for a light hearted night of cocktails and dancing with the band and special guests. Funds from the evening’s festivities will directly support free, public programming across the city and throughout 2023!

Doors open at 7:00pm. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Event will include a cash bar. Please note this event is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door.

The mission of Gloucester 400+ is to commemorate, celebrate and learn about Gloucester’s cultural, social, ethnic and economic diversity

The year 2023 marks 400 years in the history of America’s oldest seaport recognizing its settlement by English colonizers in 1623. The theme of the quadricentennial, “Our People, Our Stories”…

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