July 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm EST | by Staff reports
Gay man named president of Congressional Cemetery
Congressional Cemetery, gay news, Washington Blade

Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place for several prominent gay movement leaders, including Leonard Matlovich. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery (APHCC) announced this week the appointment of Paul Williams as its new president.

Williams most recently served as executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, a position he held since 2008.

“We are lucky to have a man of Paul’s expertise and enthusiasm to lead the Cemetery into its third century,” said APHCC Board Chair John Gillespie. “The Cemetery has played a historic role in the nation’s capitol since its founding in 1807, and we know Paul will be able to continue that tradition and expand upon it.”

Williams has a background in historic preservation and has authored 14 books on Washington neighborhoods and themes. His latest book, “Lost Washington,” will be published in the fall.

“The cemetery has certainly secured its place in history, and I look forward to expanding its profile in the city and across the nation with new events, restoration projects, and activities,” he said.

Congressional is the burial site for several prominent gay movement leaders, including Leonard Matlovich. Frank Kameny’s ashes are currently being stored there pending interment, which has been delayed due to an ongoing legal dispute.

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