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All Faiths Cemeteries Memorial Dedication, June 26, 2010

Following the last of the reburials at All Faiths Cemeteries in late February 2010, a memorial was constructed. The memorial was funded by Pima County. Its primary focus is the reburial area. The memorial walls are designed to evoke the historic angular adobe architecture of Tucson at the time of the Alameda-Stone Cemetery. Artwork on the walls, created by Steve Farley, depicts scenes of Tucson as photographed when the Alameda-Stone Cemetery was in use. The names inscribed in black granite, are the names of those listed as dying in Tucson at that time, and may have been buried in the Alameda-Stone Cemetery. They are taken from the Catholic Diocese Register of Deaths and Federal Census Mortality Schedules.

The memorial dedication was open to the public, and occurred over two days. Rabbi Thomas Louchheim conducted a blessing on Friday June 25 because of schedule conflicts the following day. The main memorial dedication event was held on Saturday June 26, early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Representatives of descendant groups, Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and the Tohono O’odham Nation, were present. Blessings were provided by Bishop Gerald Kicanas and Reverend John Lille.

 

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