The preservation volunteers worked to repair the markers of the Vienot family, buried in the nearly 350-year-old Prospect Cemetery in the 1880s.
The work consisted of righting toppled headstones, leveling bases and securing the headstones to the bases.
Five of the volunteers hail from France and are here on an exchange program sponsored by Preservation Volunteers.
Prospect Cemetery is the oldest burial ground in Queens and the resting place for many Revolutionary War soldiers. It is a designated City Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The rich history of the cemetery is enough reason to help preserve it, according to President of Green-Wood Richard Moylan.
“With its rich 346-year old history and picturesque tombstones, Prospect Cemetery is an important part of the New York landscape,” Moylan said. “Green-Wood is proud to reach across the borough and contribute to Prospect’s ongoing preservation work.”
President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy Peg Breen agreed over the importance of the cemetery and thanked other partners in the initiative.
“It’s wonderful to have Green-Wood’s help in our cemetery revitalization initiative,” Breen said. “The Conservancy and our partners, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Prospect Cemetery Association and the City’s Parks Department, have made great strides in recent years to preserve and conserve this important cultural resource. Green-Wood is giving us an important boost.”