Boy Scouts Clean Up the Past

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Boy Scouts of America are committed to being responsible, participating citizens and leaders in their communities.

On Oct. 8, members of Scout Troop 79 got up early to clean more than 300 tombstones at Bowling Green's Mount Moriah Cemetery.

It's fall break, but Joshua Amos and his Boy Scout troop are getting a hands on lesson in local African-American history.

"We're trying to preserve some of Bowling Green's history because these stones have been marked back to the Civil War era," Amos said.

"It feels like a good thing to do. It's helping me learn history and learn about other people who were here in Bowling Green," added Isaiah Thomas-Turner, Amos' good friend and volunteer.

The young men and other volunteers are revitalizing these tombstones and turning them from forgotten fossils to reminders of heritage.

"It's something that needed to be done because they hadn't been cleaned in a long time," explained longtime scout, Taylor Shipley.

For Troop 79, this is just one of many community service projects. But for Amos, there's also a personal connection to the event.

"My great-grandparents are buried right here," he proudly proclaimed.

Amos added that he was inspired to organize the cemetery clean-up after visiting his great-grandparents', Darby and Madie Wilson's, grave site.

Although he wasn't alive to meet them, Amos said he's heard nothing but great stories about them from his family.

Plus, he knows his family is not the only ones that will benefit from his troops' handy-work.

"Probably giving peace to the families who know that their families tombstones are in poor condition," he said.

As Amos washes away the dirt from these stones, he hopes that when people visit this cemetery, the African-American history lesson is easy for everyone to see.

"I'd like to just let people know about the history and all the great accomplishments that have been carried out by the people buried here," Amos said.

He also hopes that this event will spark a greater interest by young African-Americans in our community to join scouting. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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