Our Memorials

Since 1989, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has served as a conduit to provide financial and technical support to African American church communities and cemeteries in Mississippi. We also provide memorials for blues musicians without grave markers, but our work isn’t some hollow gesture to honor the blues. The music is very important, to be sure, but it's only the soundtrack. We save rural cemeteries by any means necessary--whether its erecting memorials, engaging legal remedies, or filling the vast silences in important historical landscapes. It's about more than the blues. 

Our work is about saving the soul of Mississippi.

The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund believes inclusive excellence and diversity are vital to our vision and success, and we strive to demonstrate this in recruitment, monument design, and by offering services and transforming spaces into accessible social, intellectual, and physical environments for all. The terms “diversity” and “diverse”—in this statement--include but are not limited to creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, cultural differences, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, class, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. We recognize and hope to amend the power dynamics created by hierarchies and power differences, and we seek to foster cultural competency as an organization. 

We are committed to: 

  1. Increasing representation of historically excluded/underrepresented populations.
  2. Understanding and advocating for individuals’ diverse histories, traditions, and identities.
  3. Providing forums for open, clear, and respectful dialogues that actively seek and engage with diverse perspectives.
  4. Identifying and mitigating bias and barriers to inclusion in personal and institutional interactions.
  5. Supporting the health and well-being of local communities through inclusive programs, services, and spaces. 

Please visit each of our memorial pages below to learn more about our work.