In the Place section of Sunday's Hartford Courant, Tom Condon lauded Ruth Shapleigh Brown of Manchester as "a regional and national figure in the movement to preserve historic burying grounds." Among other things, Brown serves on the board of the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford's South End and as a consultant to the city's oldest extant cemetery, the Ancient Burying Ground in downtown Hartford.
"Brown would like to see some creative use of the city's historic cemeteries," Condon writes. "More visitors would not only mean less vandalism, but more personal investment by today's residents. She said if Old South were a neighborhood park with a flower garden, instead of a fenced-off wreck, it would be better used and better served."