Sealy Cemetery marker cleaning is Oct. 24

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The Sealy Area Historical Society is sponsoring a day for cleaning head stones at the Sealy Cemetery on Oct. 24.

Last October the society held its first marker cleaning day and achieved some remarkable results on some of the oldest markers. To participate by either cleaning your own family’s markers or helping clean other families’ markers, meet at 10 a.m. at the main cemetery entrance on Main Street.

Volunteers will demonstrate how to properly clean a cemetery marker. Soft brushes, gloves and a product known as D/2 will be available to clean markers. D2 is a biological, safe, non-caustic cleanser that will remove the lichen, moss and dirt and help prevent their return. The product can be used on masonry, brick, concrete, sandstone and marble and is used by the Smithsonian to clean old stone.

The Sealy Cemetery was originally established by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad in 1883. In 1887, the railroad donated the land to cemetery trustees C.H. Ruff, R.P. Josey, and John Hackbarth. A nonprofit association was later formed to manage the Sealy Cemetery.

Anyone who would like to participate should contact Nancy Naron at 832-492-4244 or at nnaron@gmail.com. Donations to the cemetery marker cleaning project can be made to either the Sealy Area Historical Society or the Sealy Cemetery Association. Donations to both groups are tax deductible.

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