MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, Monday, May 29, 2023, at 2 pm
Cedar View – Historic Black Cemetery, Lincroft, NJ
What: Memorial Day Service/Ceremony
Who: Friends of Cedar View Cemetery – Historic Black Cemetery in Lincroft
Where: 60 Hurley’s Lane, Lincroft, NJ, Parking available at St. Leo’s Church
When: Monday, May 29, 2023, at 2 pm
Welcome, President Cedar View Board of Trustees, John Smack
Invocation by Pastor Terrence Porter, Pilgrim Baptist Church
Comments by Mayor Anthony Perry, Middletown Township
Short Talk: A brief history of the Cedar View Cemetery by Robert Shomo, Trustee
Roll Call of Civil War Colored Troops
Wreath Laying in Memory of the Civil War Colored Troops
Military presentation and 21 Gun Salute by the 3rd NJ Volunteer Infantry
Amazing Grace by James Whyte
Moment of Silence
Closing comments, President Cedar View Board of Trustees, John Smack
About the Friends of Cedar View: The mission of the organization is to preserve and
protect the African-American Cedar View Cemetery founded on November 14, 1850 in
Lincroft, NJ; to ensure the continued solemnity of this hallowed ground; and to bring
increased awareness of the cemetery’s unique historical and cultural value to the public.
Donations are welcome and can be made via check to Friends of Cedar View PO Box
371, Lincroft, NJ 07738. The Friends of Cedar View is a registered 501-(c) 3
Organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
This event and Friends of Cedar View are supported by: Church of St. Leo the Great, Middletown Township Council, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Engineering & Land Planning Associates, Inc. (E&LP), Pilgrim Baptist Church and T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.
Sponsorships are available starting at $100 to be included in the printed program.
For information contact John Smack, President
Pilgrim Baptist Church: Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank, NJ was organized in June 1896, by Rev. Ebenezer Bird, and was one of the first Negro Baptist Churches in Red Bank. It was organized in 1896 and began without a permanent home. The name Pilgrim evolved because the founders had to go from home to home to conduct services. The first church was built in 1910 on a small lot located at 17 Pearl Street. The current church at 172 Shrewsbury Avenue was purchased in 1955. http://www.pilgrim-baptist.org/
About Robert Shomo: He worked for many years as an Engineer with AT&T in Holmdel. He is now retired and living in North Carolina. He has been conducting and compiling research involving Historic Cedar View Cemetery. His research has greatly contributed to our learning approximately how many people may be interred at the cemetery as well as their connection to the community. Mr. Shomo is a Friends of Cedar View Board Member and also has family members interred at the cemetery.
About 3rd NJ Volunteer Infantry: The 3rd NJ Volunteer Infantry is a 501(c) 3, New Jersey-based Civil War reenactor group comprised of over eighty members dedicated to the common goal of preserving the history of the Civil War era. This is done by educating the public about this most critical period in the development of our nation through accurate and realistic portrayals of soldiers and civilians of that time period. http://www.3rdnj.org/