- May 20, 2020
-- River View Cemetery will participate in the 2020 Portland Rose Festival by "Parading in Place" May 16 – May 30. For the first time in 113 years, the Rose Festival decided we all should stay home, stay safe, and is inviting us to "Parade in Place." The parade theme this year is "2020 Rose Vision", and with so many Portland visionaries buried at River View Cemetery, it is an opportunity to be a part of the parade showcasing six Portland notables who helped shape who we are as a community today.
"Cemeteries are the storybooks of our community. They are places that tell the stories of those who came before us but also are places for quiet reflection,"
said Rachel Essig, River View Cemetery Executive Director. River View is the final resting place for many of Oregon's suffrage leaders and has included a few of them on their parading in place tour. The cemetery has built six small "floats" that will be placed at the gravesites of suffragists and civic leaders: Henry and Georgianna Pittock, suffrage supporters and founders of The Oregonian newspaper and the Portland Rose Festival; Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon's strongest voice for the cause of woman's suffrage; Katherine Gray, an African American suffragist who helped create a strong link with Oregon's white and African American suffragist leaders; Dorothy McCullough Lee, Portland's first female mayor; Lola Baldwin Greene, America's first female police officer; Hazel Ying Lee, who was the first Chinese American woman to earn a pilot's license and fly for the U.S. military and was a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASPs).
Displays will be viewable from Noon on Saturday, May 16, until Saturday, May 30. The public is requested to keep physical distance while visiting River View Cemetery's 165 acres. As visitors explore, they are encouraged to take pictures of the displays and tag @riverviewcemetery and @pdxrosefestival and use #riverviewcemetery, #paradinginplace, #RFporchparade, and #rosesforhope on social media so that people who aren't able to get out may also enjoy the displays.
Established in 1882, River View Cemetery is the oldest non-profit endowment care cemetery in Portland. River View is committed to caring for our earth and offers sustainable funeral and cemetery options. For more information, visit https://www.riverviewcemetery.org