In this episode, Jennie and Dianne are joined by Annalisa Heppner, Cemetery Director of North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. North Burial Ground was officially recognized as a burial ground in 1700 and is the largest municipal cemetery in the region at around 110 acres and with more than 40,000 gravestones. From its inception North Burial Ground has welcomed all people of the Providence area regardless of race, religion or creed. Annalisa shares some of the Ordinary Extraordinary stories of those buried there including: Edward and Christina Bannister prominent members of Providence's African-American society who were major contributors to the arts and the abolitionist movement before and during the American Civil War; Stephen Hopkins, colonial governor, founding father, signatory of the Declaration of Independence; and Sarah Helen Whitman, poet, essayist, and a romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe. Annalisa also, shares news of the many upcoming events hosted within or near the cemetery that continue to make North burial ground a vibrant center of cultural life for all to enjoy.
All photos photos provided by North Burial Ground of Providence, Rhode Island.
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To learn even more about North Burial Ground, visit their website: https://www.providenceri.gov/parks/north-burial-ground/
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City Cemetery Director, Archaeologist
Dr. Annalisa Heppner is an archaeologist and the current City Cemetery Director at North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.