My documentary, "Sacred Ground: The Battle For Mount Auburn Cemetery" just played the Churches Making Movies Film Festival in New Jersey. This is fifth film festival to play the recently completed film.
|Director David Butler and myself at the festival.|
"Sacred Ground: The Battle For Mount Auburn Cemetery" is a feature-length documentary about community activists and family members battling a Methodist church for control of historic Mount Auburn Cemetery. For years, Mount Auburn was the only place in Baltimore, Maryland, where African-Americans could be buried. It is final resting place of lightweight boxing champion Joe Gans, the first African-American world champion in any sport, and numerous leaders of the early civil rights movement. It is a registered historic landmark that has fallen into such horrifying condition hat bones litter the ground and weeds cover all but the highest monuments. It is a tale of grave robbing, grave recycling and every other terrible thing that could possibly happen in a cemetery.
|Timothy Ratajczak, Festival Organizer LaVonne McIver James and yours truly|