A joint effort is being credited with renovations made at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester. Thanks to both city and federal funds, the cemetery underwent some improvements.
Rochester mayor Tom Richards and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter were on hand Monday morning to unveil the completed renovations.
The project was paid for in part by a Federal Save America's Treasures grant. Matching dollars were provided by the city of Rochester.
Mount Hope Cemetery is rich in history. It is the final resting place of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony, among others.
"From the founding of Rochester in 1834 to the present day, citizens of many faiths and nationalities in every walk of life have been laid to rest in this extraordinary place,” said Slaughter, (D).
Dedicated in 1838, and listed on the National Historic Register since 1974, Mount Hope Cemetery is the oldest municipally operated cemetery in the United States.