Sunday April 30th, Joe Becton and Earl Weeks, of the 3rd USCT, honored those buried at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church Historic Cemetery in Matawan. They were among Borough historians, members of the community and church goers celebrating the rededication of the site, honoring the 61 people — including at least four Civil War soldiers. Civil War soldiers identified are: William Shemo, Charles Hendrickson, James Riley, and William Jameson
In 1997, the borough entered into an agreement with the church to acquire the cemetery property. Since then, the borough has spent about $20,000 refurbishing the property. It has been cleared of debris, new fencing was installed, trees were trimmed and the Historic Sites Commission purchased a monument for the site.
Pvt. Leon Brooks