The purpose of AMGE’s ownership is to provide perpetual care to WPC; a site where over 44,000 individuals are interred. The goal, job, and position of AMGE is not to place blame on anyone or entity for the demise of WPC, but to devise artistically creative ways of revitalizing and maintaining the cemetery.
In a time when most cemeteries were racially segregated, Washington Park Cemetery was founded by businessmen Andrew Henry Watson and Joseph John Hauer as a for-profit burial place for African Americans. It became the largest African American cemetery in the St. Louis area.
Located in the City of Berkeley, Missouri, the cemetery was established in 1920 in an area that was unincorporated St. Louis County.