Congressional Cemetery. Photo: National Register of Historic Places

Congressional Cemetery: Its Past, Present, and Future

February 7, 2012
On February 7, 2012, Cindy Hays presented an Overbeck Lecture on the history of Congressional Cemetery and the efforts of Capitol Hill neighbors to rescue the site from decades of decline and neglect.

The 30-acre cemetery, which is owned by Christ Church Washington Parish on Capitol Hill, has served the city for more than two centuries. Among the many notable figures buried there are Matthew Brady, John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover and dozens of members of Congress.

Hays served for four years as executive director of the Association for the Preservation of The Historic Congressional Cemetery, the local citizens organization that has restored and refurbished the cemetery.

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