I first heard of Margaret Clark and the Cemetery on Hope St. in Stamford from a former co-worker, Don. He told me of the history of the cemetery and Margaret’s initiative and dedication to its perpetual care.
So, I drove to Stamford with my camera and recorded Margaret’s story.
Here it is:
Margaret Clark is the sole surviving member of the Clark Family plot, the last plot to be completed at Hope Street Cemetery. The plot has her mother, father, grandparents, great-grandparents, and other relatives.
When the parishioners of the former Emmanuel Episcopal Church passed away, and the church eventually merged and moved in 2003. The church building was purchased by a Seventh Day Adventist church, but they did not purchase the cemetery. The cemetery then fell into disrepair.
In 2017, Margaret reached out to Louis Fuertes, Canon for Mission Finance and Operations for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and the bishops asking for assistance in the repairs needed for the perpetual care of the cemetery. Throughout the summer and fall of 2018, trees were trimmed or removed, new fence posts were set up, and headstones were replaced.
Margaret remembers as a child coming to the Clark family plot and caring for it with her father and grandfather, leaving flowers and tending to the grave. Cemeteries are sacred grounds, Margaret said, and perpetual care is important for the sacred resting places of our ancestors.