Historical preservationist Gail Sadler was both heartbroken and appalled at the condition of a cemetery when she first laid eyes on it in 2008, soon after she had been appointed to the Winslow, Arizona, Historic Preservation Commission. She soon made it her mission to unearth the identities of the roughly 600 people buried there and help their descendants reconnect with their history.
Her mission quickly became an obsession. On nights after work and on weekends, Sadler would go online and scour death certificates – some 8,800 from 1932 to 1962 – looking for the Indian Cemetery as the final resting place.
You can read more and see some pictures in an article by Felicia Fonseca at http://www.whdh.com/story/26390067/woman-unearths-past-of-forgotten-indian-cemetery.
My thanks to newsletter reader Ernie Thode for telling me about this story.