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        The public is cordially invited to attend a one-hour dedication and memorial service for Sgt. Clarence L. Proctor, a Buffalo Soldier who served with the 10th U.S. Cavalry.   This free event is sponsored by the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment.

         The service begins at 9:30 AM in the gazebo area of the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park Cemetery at 14th Avenue and Jefferson, near the State Capitol in Phoenix.  Free parking is available at Wesley Bolin Plaza and in the Arizona State Department of Education parking lot just west of the cemetery.

        After the service, visitors are invited to view Proctor's regulation military headstone, tour the cemeteries and visit historic Smurthwaite House.  Donations to the Pioneers' Cemetery Association gratefully accepted.

         Tickets for the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association's third annual "Dining Among the Dead" gala are now on sale!  This unique event will take place on Saturday, October 11th, at the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park at 1317 West Jefferson Street in Phoenix.

        See what fun our guests had at last year's gala!   Victorian, Edwardian or Steampunk attire is encouraged.  Please wear or bring good walking shoes. 

        Gates open at 5 PM, and festivities begin promptly at 5:30 PM with a performance by acclaimed actor Wyatt Earp, who will portray the legendary Doc Holliday.   Candlelit dinner on the patio will be followed by a raffle and a cemetery walk featuring vignettes by re-enactors in period dress.    

         Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased in advance, as no tickets will be sold at the gate.  For tickets and additional details, please contact the event's co-chair, Debe Branning, at

        Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the PCA's headstone preservation fund.

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          The July 2014 newsletter is now on line.   In honor of Independence Day, editor Val Wilson has included a profile of Col. William Christy, Civil War veteran and one of Phoenix's pioneer settlers. To view slideshows of previous events, please visit the PCA vault.

        In keeping with its status as a small museum,  Smurthwaite House and the historic cemeteries at 1317 West Jefferson will be open to visitors on Thursdays and for other events throughout the year.   Arrangements for private tours can also be made.  Please email the PCA well in advance of your visit to find out when our volunteer staff will be on the grounds.

       If you love local history and cemeteries, we'd love to have you as a PCA member and volunteer!


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