Introducing Greenwood Cemetery's Potter's Field Monument and Interpretive Plaque Project
Welcome to the place where the present and the past meet, the start of a community effort to honour its history and its forgotten citizens.
Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound, Ontario, is home to a Potter's Field where at least 1242 vulnerable people from our community lay in their final resting place completely unidentified, without any visible marker to note a life lived or an individual's story. Hundreds of newborns/stillborn/toddlers, orphans, seniors, the working poor, the homeless and hundreds of members of Owen Sound's black community including those who escaped on the Underground Railroad and their descendants.
Potter's Field (also known as the "Indigent Lot") became operational in 1860 and was in use for more than 100 years. The definition of Indigent is "suffering from extreme poverty."
In 2018, an anonymous donor came forward at the City of Owen Sound's Doors Open cemetery tour and generously offered to support the creation of a permanent monument to honour those in Potter's Field. The City of Owen Sound supports this plan and has agreed to provide a complementary interpretive plaque and website for this project.
Between December, 2018 and the end of February, 2019, the public is being asked for input to help contribute to ideas for the future design of the Potter's Field monument. Please take a a few minutes of your time to contribute your thoughts.
At the end of the survey, you will be provided with a contact email and more information about a forthcoming spring 2019 open house.
To review the list of all known persons in Potter's Field, you may visit this link.
On behalf of the donor and the volunteer committee, thank you.