There was a high-energy and high-praise service Sunday for a man whose grave went unnoticed and unmarked for nearly seven decades. The Rev. Elijah Pilgrim Geiger, who lived from 1864 to 1943 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Wichita, Kansas' Maple Grove Cemetery, finally received recognition Sunday from a state, city and congregation grateful for how he lived his life.
In 1899, Geiger was the first African-American graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield.
You can read the full story in an article by Beccy Tanner in The Wichita Eagle at http://goo.gl/oDZ95
My thanks to Gene Ewert for telling me about this story.
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