The cemetery was founded in 1847 and is the location of approximately 65,000 burials. It is also the site of Shaler Battery, an encampment built during the Civil War by the Black Brigade.
The cemetery spans 400 acres of land and has eight total miles of roadway. Some of the roads are in disrepair and in need of immediate attention. The estimate for repairing all areas is $850,000 (estimated at between $75,000-$85,000 per mile). This figure is out of the reach of the current budget of this not-for-profit cemetery.
The Board of Directors is reaching out to the greater Cincinnati area for financial donations toward this effort. Donations from local businesses, churches, community leaders and private citizens are welcome. All donations to the cemetery are tax-deductible. Every dollar donated will contribute to a span of roadway receiving needed repairs.
In 2014, the Board of Directors formed the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery volunteer organization to initiate and oversee various projects that will restore and revitalize Evergreen Cemetery. If you are interested in donating your time and talent to the Friends organization, please call Andrea Janovic at (859) 391-7218. You can also friend the “Friends of Evergreen Cemetery – Southgate, Ky” Facebook page to stay current on news and events relating to the cemetery.
The next meeting of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery will be held on August 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ft. Thomas Antiques & Design Center at 90 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. Call Andrea Janovic at (859) 391-7218 for further details.