Ceremony set Saturday at historic cemetery

Members of the Webster Groves Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will place a plaque Saturday, Oct. 4, designating the Father Dickson Cemetery in Crestwood as site of historical significance.

The dedication ceremony for the plaque will take place at 11 a.m. at the cemetery, 945 Sappington Road.

The plaque notes that the historic cemetery, established in 1903, was one of the first public cemeteries available to blacks in the area and is the final resting place of historical figures and veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

The cemetery, named in honor of the Rev. Moses Dickson, a black abolitionist, soldier and minister, was the site of more than 12,000 burials before it closed in the 1970s. Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery maintain the cemetery today.