Current Planning

Since the Codman Burial Ground has been inactive for burials since the early 1990s, it has not had, until recently, an active Advisory Committee.  We are pleased to announce that we now have in place a new Advisory Committee.  The following volunteers have been organized as the committee:

  • Rev. Cliff Hersey - Pastor for Meetinghouse Ministries, Second Church in Dorchester (Chair)

  • Rev. Victor Price - Lead Pastor of Second Church in Dorchester

  • ​Olive Knight - Member of Second Church in Dorchester​

  • Robert Thomas - Member of Second Church in Dorchester

  • Paul Malkemes - Executive Director of The Boston Project and cemetery neighbor

  • Elnora Thompson - Cemetery neighbor and community activist

Also joining us for the discussion:

  • Jennifer Kimball - Executive Director of COGDesign

  • Courtney Goode - Professional Landscape Design Consultant

  • Jean Krasnow - Professional Landscape Design Consultant

Key Questions for Committee Discussion:

  • What sources of revenue can be implemented to support the maintenance, renovation and upgrading of the cemetery?

  • Should the cemetery seek to be an active burial ground? If yes, what are the laws that govern cemeteries in MA?  What are the costs associated with burials?  Would a columbarium be a desirable, cost-effective alternative to ground burials?

  • How can/should the cemetery serve the community of Codman Square in ways other than offering burials?  What portion of the site could be given over to a park environment?  Is that desirable/useful to the community?

  • What are some educational options for cemetery use?  Would local schools be interested in working on historical discovery projects, genealogical research or park maintenance?

Community Meeting Announcement


Watch here for future community meeting dates and times.

DRAFT Landscape Ideas


The images below were presented at the first of the community meetings in late August.  The ideas incorporate the desire to allow for a public space at the front side of the site (on Norfolk) while protecting the burial ground.  

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