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Brewer Hill Cemetery in Annapolis is the final resting place for Mr. Wiley H. Bates and several members of his immediate family, including his mother and two wives. Mr. Bates’ grave is distinguished by a white obelisk monument, surrounded by gravestones of his family members. Brewer Hill, having served as the primary final resting place for Black Annapolitans since the 1800s, has been maintained and restored in most recent years under the stewardship of the Brewer Hill Cemetery Association. Nevertheless, individual grave sites, such as that of Mr. Bates, are in need of substantial repair. Wiley Bates’ monument is severely tilted, one of the gravestones is broken, and the plot itself is in disrepair. (See attached pictures).



Photos by:

Cipriana Thompson


In late December 2012, the Bates Class of 1962 took a trip to Brewer Hill Cemetery and began exploring the feasibility of restoring Mr. Bates’ grave site. In collaboration with other Bates graduating classes, the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center (BLC), the Brewer Hill Cemetery Association, and Ms. Janice Hayes-Williams representing the Bates descendants, the restoration is about to come to fruition.


The W.S.Tegeler Monument Company of Baltimore has been selected to carry out the successful completion of this project at a reasonable cost. The restoration proposal submitted by Mr. Tegeler has been approved by the Class of 1962. The Brewer Hill Cemetery Association and the Bates family have given their blessing to the project. The obelisk will be straightened, the broken headstone replaced, and the plot elements restored.


Wiley H. Bates had the vision to foresee that a “real” high school was needed for the African American students of Anne Arundel County. From 1933 to 1966, it was “…the School We Love So Well…”. We owe it to his memory to see that his Legacy is sustained and his sacrifice is appreciated.


Individuals and organizations who wish to participate in the implementation of this project and/or provide financial support may do so as follows:


  • To participate in project implementation, or if you have questions: Contact Ronald Thompson, President W.H. Bates Class of 1962 @ 301-705-5399, or .


  • Monetary donations: Please make checks out to the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center (BLC). In the memo or subject line, designate “Bates grave site restoration”.



Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center is 501(c) (3) and all contributions are tax deductible.


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