This is the grave of William Herndon. Born in 1818 in Greensburg, Kentucky, Herndon’s parents moved to the frontier of Illinois in 1820. His father was an early businessman in Springfield, build
This is the grave of John Philip Sousa. The composer and conductor of America’s soundtrack for imperialism and colonization, Sousa was born in Washington, DC in 1854. He arguably would become th
This is the grave of Harriet Jacobs. I will start this by saying that anyone who has not read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl needs to do so immediately. This is a slave narrative with as much p
This is the grave of Moses Alexander. Born in 1853 in Bavaria, Alexander immigrated to the United States in 1867. He spent a year in New York before moving to Missouri to work at a cousin’s clot
This is the grave of Claude and Geraldine Lightfoot. Claude Lightfoot was born in 1910 in Arkansas. At the age of 7 or 8, near the beginning of the Great Migration, his family left for better opportun
This is the grave of J.R. Simplot. Born in 1909 in Dubuque, Iowa, the next year his family migrated west to Idaho, to homestead a farm in the Magic Valley, which frankly isn’t all that magical.
This is the grave of Frank Church. Born in 1924 in Boise to a conservative Catholic family, Church was an academic star in high school and enrolled at Stanford because he won the American Legion’
This is the grave of Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay. Born in 1965 in Brooklyn, Mizell grew up in the church, playing music from a young age. He played guitar, bass, and drums, performing