As a non-profit 501(c)( 3) friends group to the City of Raleigh, our goals include:

  • Partnership — We work with the City of Raleigh to set and achieve work
  • Restoration — We continue to restore and provide conservation work on historic monuments/stones with assistance from descendants, funders and organizations
  • Marketing Materials — Our walking tour maps help promote heritage tourism in Raleigh. Our website also has a wealth of information including GIS maps, inventories, and National Register and Local Register placement. We helped create audio tours of O’Rorke Cemetery, Mt. Hope Cemetery and City Cemetery that you can find online. Use your cell phone to tour these cemeteries at your pace.
  • Membership — Our members support our operations and many projects. All funds go to restoration for the cemeteries or marketing. Please donate and join today.


  • Mt. Hope Cemetery —Traveling exhibit, in conjunction with the City of Raleigh Museum, July 2022, about the history of African American citizens buried in cemetery
  • City Cemetery — National Register of Historic Places, 2008 — The nomination was achieved for City Cemetery, completed by M. Ruth Little, PhD, of Longleaf Historic Resources
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery on National Register of Historic Places, 2009 — The nomination achieved for this 34-acre African American cemetery, completed by Ruth Little
  • O’Rorke-Catholic Cemetery, 2010 — Local Raleigh Historic Landmark
  • Tornado Damage 2011- We assisted the City staff with inventory of damaged monuments in City and Mt. Hope cemeteries.
  • Databases — We have published databases for City Cemetery, Mt. Hope Cemetery and O’Rorke-Catholic Cemetery on this website for online genealogy searches.
  • GIS Map of City Cemetery — Please see our GIS map and corresponding database of each grave site with existing markers here.
  • GIS Map of Mt. Hope Cemetery — We now have a GIS map for 1,500 graves in the historic section of Mt. Hope, which you can view here.