Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26, to help with landscaping and light vegetation work at the original cemetery at the historic Reaves Chapel in Navassa, a Gullah Geechee heritage site in active preservation.
The Coastal Land Trust is organizing the preservation work that officials say “will help continue to preserve part of the history of the Gullah Geechee, and their descendants, who lived and worked on the West Bank of the Cape Fear River generations ago.”
Reaves Chapel, built in the mid- to late-1800s, first served the formerly enslaved people whose labor was used on the Cedar Hill Plantation on the western banks of the Cape Fear River, according to the Coastal Land Trust. The doors to Reaves Chapel closed in 2006 and fell into disrepair. The Coastal Land Trust purchased Reaves Chapel in 2019 with funding by The Orton Foundation, Historic Wilmington Foundation and other donors and partners.
Register online before the event. Parking details will be sent with a reminder email two days before the cleanup takes place. Organizers recommend volunteers dress for outdoor work, particularly long pants as chiggers are found throughout the property. Snacks and water will be provided.
Email 2021-2022 Resilience Corps Service Member Hunter Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.