|Cemetery Research Group,
Henry County GA.
Cemeteries are an exceptional teaching tool. They are accessible and
interdisciplinary. Almost every community has a nearby cemetery that is
an educational resource as well as a historic site. Social studies, history,
family studies, language arts and writing skills, math skills, art, science,
and many other subjects may be explored in a cemetery.
The cemetery is a tangible link with the past, and a place that is sacred
and significant. Students should be taught that any cemetery or burying
ground is an important part of individual and collective
history and should be treated with reverence, respect, and care. When
students understand the importance of cemeteries, they will more likely
become adults who will participate in the responsible conservation of
cemeteries in their communities.
A community that does not care for, protect, and preserve the cities of
the dead is diminished as a place for the living.