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Mahwah Boy Scout Leads Restoration of Abandoned Slave Cemetery

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photos courtesy of the  Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission

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Mahwah NJ, The Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission expressed its gratitude to Mahwah Boy Scout Peter Kaya Gretchikha from Troop 50 for his dedicated efforts in restoring the abandoned Slave Cemetery. Recognizing the historical significance of this site, Kaya Gretchikha emphasized the importance of acknowledging Mahwah’s history, particularly the existence of slaves in the area. He hoped that his project would raise awareness about Mahwah’s past, shedding light on a lesser-known aspect of the community’s history. Peter’s project involved coordinating a team of over 14 volunteers and investing more than 70 hours of work in trimming overgrown brush, removing branches, and repairing sections of the deteriorating rock wall surrounding the cemetery. The commission expressed its gratitude for his valuable contribution to preserving this essential part of Mahwah’s history and extended their best wishes for his continued success as he works toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Eagle Service Project Cleans Up Steps at The The Moffatt Road Cemetery in Mahwah

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Mahwah NJ, Noah Brown of Mahwah Boy Scout Troop 50 dedicated his Eagle service project to help the Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission! Noah and his fellow Scouts spent well over 50 hours hand scrubbing and sealing the stairs at the Old Lutheran Cemetery on Moffatt Road, installing slip resistant treads, cleaning up the massive amount of trash that accumulates along the road (as you can see from the “before” image), weeding, and planting flowers.

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