Virtual Spring Lecture Series - Caring for the Dead: A look at who’s buried in Greenwood Cemetery’s Indigent Plot

Join Naomi Norquay from the safety and comfort of your own home. This free online talk streamed live on Tuesday, April 20 at 1 p.m., takes a close look at a reclamation project currently underway that is researching the names of people buried in Greenwood Cemetery’s Indigent Plot, Owen Sound, which was active from the 1850s until the 1980s. In support of the new monument (to be unveiled at a future date) the project is combing through historical records - census reports, marriage, death and birth registries, land registries and newspaper death notices to reconstruct the lives behind the names of the 1200+ people who are buried in the plot.

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In her talk, project lead, Naomi Norquay focuses on stories about individuals who represent the broad cross-section of humanity buried therein.

Naomi Norquay, Associate Professor in York University’s Faculty of Education, is co-editor of Northern Terminus: The African-Canadian History Journal and president of the Old Durham Road Black Pioneer Cemetery Committee. Naomi will also be joined by Rachel Lobo, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, who, since the fall of 2020, has been compiling research and narratives for the Indigent Plot project.

If you wish to ask questions during the Q&A, they can be submitted in the comments for the video on Grey Roots YouTube (please note, you have to be logged into a YouTube account to do so), or via Messenger on Grey Roots Facebook. This talk will also be available to view for three months to follow, through Tuesday, July 20.

This presentation is part of our Virtual Spring Lecture Series taking place online Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. from March 30 through April 20. Livestreams will be available at – pre-registration not required. 

The 2020 Virtual Spring Lecture Series is a free event, but if these talks are something you enjoy, please consider becoming a Grey Roots member. Your interest and support is sincerely appreciated.

Pictured: Greenwood Cemetery Indigent Plot, winter 2009 

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