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The Children's Memorial Marker Fund is a permanent endowment established in 2007 by a dedicated group of community volunteers to mark the graves of Louisville's "forgotten children" - those who died in infancy or childhood, often destitute, abandoned or unwanted - from the Victorian era in the late 1800's and onward.

History

2009 - Two bronze memorials depicting Sister Emily Cooper, first Deaconess in Charge of Home of the Innocents, were dedicated at Cave Hill Cemetery to commemorate the lives of over 220 infants and children who were otherwise abandoned and left to be cared for by the Home of the Innocents, and in many cases, by Sister Emily herself. The crowning achievement to this culminating event was that at last, after more than 100 years, the names of these "forgotten children" were permanently memorialized on the markers for the world to remember. In addition, a historical marker from the Kentucky Historical Society was erected at the site to educate the community about Sister Emily's work and the early days of the Home of the Innocents as a place of refuge for the most vulnerable in our society.

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 - A marker and an engraved marble bench identifying the graves of 85 children in two lots owned by the Home for Friendless Women (years 1891 - 1916) at Cave Hill Cemetery were dedicated.

 

2015 - Recently, the Committee identified several more lots where our community's children have been buried anonymously for a century or more, such as the 75 children buried in lots owned by the Louisville Industrial School of Reform/House of Refuge (years 1883 - 1957), also in Cave Hill Cemetery. Both of these once vibrant and necessary institutions ceased operations nearly a century ago and later became a part of the Louisville Jefferson County Children's Home. One of the goals of the Committee is to fund the placement of historical markers from the Kentucky Historical Society at these sites in addition to a grave marker, so that we not only remember the children, but we uncover and share the forgotten history of our community and its institutions that once helped them.

We know that our work will not be completed until every forgotten child's grave is marked. The Children's Memorial Marker Committee needs your help in growing the endowment fund so that the fund balance will cover the cost of memorializing one site each year with a memorial marker, and where appropriate, a historical marker.

You may make a secure credit card donation to support the Children’s Memorial Marker Fund below.

All contributions represent an irrevocable contribution to The Community Foundation of Louisville and are not refundable.

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Kate Biagi-Rickert
Director of Stewardship
Email Kate
502.855.6942

For questions about grant distributions from your fund, contact:

Michael Pfaff
Grants Associate

Email Michael
502.855.6959

For questions about gifts to your fund, contact:


Elise Waddell
Development & Stewardship Senior Associate

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502.855.6996

 

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