That footstone remembering Mamie Smith was never correlated to her unmarked grave. When I first saw it at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, it was sitting in a roadway gutter, and nowhere near where Mamie was interred.
I completed the Headstone for Mamie Smith campaign in Sept., 2014, and it sits atop where the burial maps indicate it should have gone.
Can we fix this? I have a photo of the beautiful headstone we purchased and installed. FYI, my wife Anne and I also contributed over $3000 from funds raised to start a grave maintenance fund at Santander Bank near the cemetery.
I was not able to edit the photo set on Find a Grave. Will you allow me to edit to reflect current reality (with photo of headstone, which appears as my profile picture on this site). I may be reached at 646-732-8466. Thanks, Michael Cala, Project Director, Headstone for Mamie Campaign.
Mamie Smith Headstone Project I am a writer for Blues Revue, Blues Music Magazine, Sing Out, and other roots music publications for over a decade.
I am conducting a campaign on www.indiegogo.com to buy Mamie a headstone and reburial. If not for Mamie, we may have lost opportunities to record some artists who died or retired by the end of the 1920s.
The indiegogo site is located at: http://igg.me/at/mamie-smith/x/847836
Re: +James Hayden Greetings, Terrance. I wish to thank you ever so much for putting up a memorial for +James Hayden, a young actor from New York. According to the touching testimonies from family and friends that I've been able to read, he is as dearly missed as he was dearly loved (and of course still loved by many). A young man, a fine actor, and a soul with a very good heart. May he rest in the eternal peace of Our Lord...
Thank you for adding the interesting bio on Mr. Goya. There are conflicting stories on how he died however. It was reported on Wiki and the LA Times that he was out on bond and died from liver disease.