The Roselawn 1891 Foundation
Welcome to the Roselawn 1891 Foundation founded in 1985 as a 501c3 nonprofit under the auspices of the Roselawn Cemetery Board. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our mission is to protect and preserve the cemetery’s historic and cultural legacies. Through education and community outreach we serve as stewards for all generations. Roselawn provides burial records dating from 1891, genealogy research, an opportunity to commemorate loved ones lives and eternal memories. Funds are raised through donations, memberships and grants. A major fundraiser is our book published in 2018, THE HEARTS & SOULS OF ROSELAWN, a compilation of many whose lives contributed not only to local history but to world history. Historical tours are provided upon request. Our active volunteer program encourages community participation and includes annual clean up days and care for the grounds.
To protect and preserve the historical and cultural legacies of the Hearts and Souls of Roselawn a nationally historic cemetery.
To educate and outreach to the community – fundraising. The Foundation Board comes under the auspice of the Roselawn Cemetery Board of Directors.
Emeritus Board Members
In recognition of their service as leading members and integral supporters of The Roselawn Foundation
Military Markers were formally unveiled in a ceremony for the 4 African American Soldiers who had served in the Civil War and had been laid to rest at Roselawn over 100 years ago in unmarked graves.
Roselawn hosted THE WALL THAT HEALS, the traveling Vietnam Wall. Thousands attended the 3 day event in July to honor our fallen veterans – 64 were our Pueblo Sons. DVDs were generated of their lives and distributed to their families during a candlelight vigil.
June 19, 2017 Roselawn Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior, which now allows us the cemetery to apply for grant funding. Vic Keen, a Philadelphia lawyer with Pueblo roots, donated $10,000 and his generosity made the historical designation a reality.
Roselawn participated in the 100th anniversary of WW1 – this event was sponsored by Pueblo and culminated at Memorial Hall with song, story, military presence and a gentleman impersonating Woodrow Wilson. Schools participated in the celebration.
Military Markers were formally unveiled in a ceremony for the 12 WWI veterans who had served in WWI and had been laid to rest in unmarked graves. This was quite an accomplishment as the tally count for WWI veterans at Roselawn is 150 and now all 150 graves are properly marked with a headstone, as our mission is “that no one is forgotten”.
Roselawn Cemetery received the 2018 Small Business Award from the Greater Pueblo Chamber in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Pueblo community.
The Hearts & Souls of Roselawn was released Nov 18th with the formal unveiling of the monument for Aunt Eliza Boone, who was used as the background for our book. She was 105 years old at the time of her death and had been born into slavery in the Daniel Boone family. She came west with Daniel Boone’s grandson, Col. A. G. Boone, who was an Indian agent for the government. Col A. G. was assigned at the start of the Civil War to negotiate a treaty for the 1400 acres east of Pueblo. Unfortunately one of the Indian chiefs died. The Indians viewed his death as a bad omen and all negotiations ceased. Col. A. G. bought the 1400 acres from the government, which is now known as Boone, Colorado. Aunt Eliza was freed after the emancipation proclamation and moved to Pueblo. She worked as a washer woman and nurse maid for several prominent Pueblo families.
NOTE: After Aunt Eliza’s grave was discovered it was also determined that the entire area in Block 12 had several unmarked graves and numerous were African Americans. Ray Brown, a retired educator and local historian is currently researching these subjects and will provide his findings in written form.
Aunt Eliza Boone had been laid to rest for 125 years in an unmarked grave. Through the generosity of the Pueblo community a monument now marks the final resting place of this remarkable woman.
Each December The Roselawn Foundation proudly sponsors National Wreaths Across America Day which is carried out at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
This annual tribute to our veterans was began by one man, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine in 1992 when he had a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. He realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans and he donated the wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery requesting that the wreaths be placed in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.
The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries This was the beginning of the 501c3 non profit organization known today as Wreaths Across America.
Wreath sponsorship is $15 – $10 of each sponsorship goes to WAA to continue their work and the remaining $5 goes to the fund raising group.
Sponsorship for Roselawn Cemetery may be made on line at the following website:
Annual celebration of Day of the Dead is held in the Roselawn Chapel. This celebration originated with the Mexican culture but is celebrated honoring everyone whose final resting place is Roselawn Cemetery. The purpose of the celebration is to remember our loved ones who have passed before us.
Honoring Civil War Veteran Warren C. Dockum recipient of the Medal of Honor for his valor at Sailor’s Creek. Members of the Dockum family were honored guests traveling from Texas, Arizona and Northern Colorado.
Featuring the installation of solar flagpoles which display the USA flag and Medal of Honor flag 24/7 – 365 days a year courtesy of TREA.
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