IMPORTANT: Date Change for Morgan Powell’s Memorial & Fundraising Information


Due to a scheduling conflict with the venue, the memorial for the late Kristopher Morgan Powell has been changed to TUESDAY, October 28th.

In the meantime, The Friends of Morgan Powell has created an official donation site to raise the necessary funds for his wake and burial:

“Our dear friend, local Bronx historian, Kristopher Morgan Powell passed away suddenly, leaving friends and colleagues shocked and heartbroken. The circumstances surrounding his death have not been made public as next of kin have not been located. The Public Administrator’s office will release him to his friends if we properly bury him. Only next of kin can make the decision to cremate.

Morgan was a giving man, giving of his time, knowledge and positivity. He was a friend to many and loved by his community and beyond. He left behind some amazing work, presenting Bronx history and nature walks, presented lectures and distributing handouts during all of his functions.

His passion led to over 10 years of research and resulted in his findings being shared by thousands of people who have either attended his events, or viewed it online. Some of his research is available online at his blog, Bronx River Sankofa and Facebook page. Videos of his history and nature walking tours are also available on (search Bronx River Sankofa.) His research was based on African-American and Latino history of the Bronx, especially communities around the Bronx River.

Because of his love, passion and contribution to the Bronx, as well as his love for Woodlawn Cemetery, we are looking to find him a resting place at Woodlawn. The average cost of wake and burial is approximately $15,000. Morgan touched many lives and we’d like to give him the beautiful, respectful burial that he deserves.

Please share this link with others that knew Morgan. Even a small donation helps. There is an option of giving an anonymous donation. 

Let us come together as a community, as Friends of Morgan Powell, and provide him a resting place in his beloved Bronx.
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On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, a memorial service will be held for the late Kristopher Morgan Powell at the historic Andrew Freedman Home located at 1125 Grand Concourse. Due to limited capacity, kindly RSVP via the EventBrite link provided.

If you cannot make it to next week’s celebration of Morgan’s life, stay tuned as there will be others in the coming weeks.

As per the event details:

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

We are all gathering at the historic Andrew Freedman Home on Wed, Oct 22 from 6:30 – 9pm to celebrate the life of Kristopher Morgan Powell.

If you are interested in purchasing water, juice, soda and/or cups, please email me. We will NOT be serving food.

We will have a slide show, live music (at some points) and lots of Morgan stories to share.

If you have any questions, email me at



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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.