FRIENDS OF PIONEER CEMETERY EVENT DETAIL
I.R. Moores Marker Project
Oct 25, 1999
More than half a century ago vandals toppled 2 huge monuments marking the graves of I.R. Moores and his family. Colonel Moores, originally of Kentucky, was an officer under Gen. Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, a Regimental Commander in the 1832 Blackhawk War, and a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention.

After learning of the need to restore these monuments Salem's Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 1799, as Friends of Pioneer Cemetery, obtained permission from The City of Salem to formulate and fund a project to restore the 2 massive monuments to the original condition and placement. This highly involved and dangerous project required obtaining professional damage assessment, on-site guidance from monument professionals, cleaning, raising and resetting of the two monuments. SCV Camp 1799 provided all of the volunteer labor and funding. 

The restoration project was finally completed on a rainy Oct. 25, 1999. The 2 monuments, now beautifully restored, again stand as if new. One monument is 14 ft tall, the other 12 ft tall. The estimated value of this project was $8,000. During the summer of 2000 Salem's SCV Camp 1799 organized and held a public rededication ceremony which included speakers representing all Salem area veteran organizations, the NAACP, Sons of The American Revolution, and Friends of Pioneer Cemetery. Some 350 members of the public were in attendance.

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