In 2006 the Foundation began an ongoing relationship with Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries (FACSI) in an effort to assist in the cleanup, restoration and continued maintenance of abandoned cemeteries on Staten Island.

FACSI was founded in 1981 at a time in the borough’s history when ancient cemeteries were obliterated for development. For the first 22 years, FACSI identified, located, mapped, discovered ownership and sought the historic records for over 19 Staten Island Cemeteries and started the lengthy process of removing decades or tons of dumped construction debris from the historic cemetery properties. Beginning in 2006 the restoration of 12 historic cemetery sites was made possible by a series of substantial grants provided by the Foundation. With the Foundation’s support, FACSI was provided the means to install signage, hire heavy equipment/professionals to upright hundreds of monuments and grave stones, plant small flowering trees, install security fencing, clear the sites of all debris & extensive overgrowth, re-establish pathways and roads, grass seed, plant spring bulbs & perennials, remove countless invasive trees and plant species. FACSI established entrance areas, repaired retaining walls, created low maintenance gardens, flag poles and restored the only existing S.I. Civil War memorial which was dedicated in 1866.

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