Pearl S. Buck’s daughter had an unmarked grave. Then a fan stepped in.

VINELAND – Tucked off East Landis Avenue is the graveyard of the former Training School at Vineland / Elwyn, now cloaked in vines and sheltered by aged pines.

The remains of about 170 of the facility’s residents, and a few of its employees, are buried here.

Most are commemorated in the rows of headstones. A handful have their names pressed into tin markers scattered in the grass just inside the stone wall cemetery entrance.

Recently the marker of perhaps the facility’s most well-known resident, Carol Buck, the daughter of author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, vanished leaving her grave unmarked.

That is about to be rectified.

A Birmingham, Alabama man, in a show of gratitude to his best-loved author, is inviting the public to a graveside ceremony of remembrance 11 am Saturday, when a permanent monument will be placed at the site.

‘How in the world can that grave be unmarked?’

Attending a New York City gathering a few years ago, David Swindal shared his admiration for Pearl Buck while speaking to a person with New Jersey ties.

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