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City of Edinburg Observes MLK Day of Service


Volunteers sought to revitalize Restlawn Cemetery

Edinburg, TX - Embark on a meaningful journey with the City of Edinburg, the City’s Cultural Arts’ Juneteenth Committee and Village in the Valley (VIVA) as they proudly announce this year’s MLK Day of Service, an engaging "Clean Up" initiative at Restlawn Cemetery and Rising Star Historic Black Church in Edinburg.

Restlawn Cemetery, nestled in the northwest corner of Hillcrest Cemetery, holds an abundance of Edinburg’s historical significance as the final resting place for Edinburg's African American community since its establishment in 1928. Recognized as a historical site by the Texas Historical Commission in 2007, a marker adorns the premises, symbolizing its cultural significance. Approximately 60 individuals rest peacefully at this historical site.

The Rising Star Baptist Church and Fellowship Hall, with roots tracing back to May 1938, stands as a testament to community service. Purchased from the Moore Airfield base in the 1960s, this cherished establishment continues to serve the community.

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., as volunteers come together in celebration of the nationwide 'MLK Day of Service.' The day's agenda includes a brief program acknowledging the cemetery's importance to the City of Edinburg and the broader South Texas community. Mayor Ramiro Garza, Jr. will share inspiring words on the significance of "Serving the Community." This day presents a unique opportunity to pay homage to the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers are invited to participate in activities such as clearing debris, spreading fresh mulch, and revitalizing the cemetery's structures with a fresh coat of paint. To apply as a volunteer, visit Edinburgarts.com/mlk-day-of-service and follow their social media platforms at edinburgarts_ on Instagram and Edinburg Cultural Arts on Facebook and X.

For further details on this inspiring program, please contact the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg at 956-383-6246.