Volunteers begin to unearth Blacktower Cemetery

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air
Force Base and the community carefully removed several feet of blown
sand, inch by inch from historic Blacktower Cemetery.

Capt. Glen Smith, who is leading the project, said the two-day
clean-up was going well, but that it was just the beginning of a long

Smith said about 15 volunteers helped with the project on Friday and Saturday, each with a shovel in their hands.

“We fully realize that this isn’t a one weekend deal,” he said. “If we’re done by Memorial Day next year, I’ll be ecstatic.”

Smith and 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg at Cannon public affairs are
jointly heading up the project to discover lost graves in the cemetery.

Smith said the group found a fence post, part of a headstone and an old bottle on Friday.

Saturday, they turned up pieces of granite