PAAC, Inc.


Preservation of African American Cemetaries, Inc.

PAAC was organized in January 2003 to be a leading organization among cemetery associations, preservation groups, cemetery care-takers, or the one individual that is concerned with documenting and preserving their ancestral burial ground. It is the goal of PAAC to impart valuable information necessary for the education and preparation of cemetery restoration, documentation and preservation.

These lost and forgotten cemeteries interpret the lives of the people buried there and the establishment of settlements and communities. With so many being lost to abandonment, nature, development and vandals, there arose the need for the protection and documentation of these cemeteries and history of citizens contained therein. PAAC was established to answer the call of the dramatic pressures that our cemeteries and graveyards face.

PAAC Brochure (PDF)

PAAC, INC is featured in motion picture, Silent Storytellers
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AETN (Arkansas Educational Television Network) has produced a documentary called: Silent Storytellers, promoting awareness of often correctable deterioration in our cemeteries while telling some of the fascinating stories of ancestors behind the monuments. Broadcast March 11th on AETN, and look right now for stills and pieces on flikr.

Silent Storytellers Documentary Airs March 11th

Historic Washington Schoolhouse

5th Annual Memorial in May Conference

Reclaiming Our Past to Preserve Our Future

May 13 - 14, 2011 at Historic Washington State Park
Located near Hope, Arkansas
For complete details see the registration packet available below.

Memorial in May Registration Packet (PDF)

Memorial in May Press Release (PDF)

Memorial in May Letter to Churches (PDF)

Memorial in May Souvenir Book Invitation (PDF)

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Become a Member!

If you are interested in preserving the rich heritage that our cemetaries offer, PAAC is the organization for you.

PAAC offers several membership categories.

PAAC Membership Form and Brochure (PDF)

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Junior Preservation Society

Benefits of becoming a PAAC Junior member include:

  • Sharing methods and techniques of proper cemetery restoration
  • Assisting the PAAC organization with mapping and surveying of cemeteries
  • Assisting with the Quarterly newsletter and web site
  • And more!

Junior Preservation Society Membership Application (PDF)

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For information about the website and this organization contact: [email protected]