Jerry Bransford’s dream is to build a memorial in the Bransford cemetery at Mammoth Cave as a tribute to all the past slave guides and the entire Bransford family, especially Mat and Nick. He also would like to pass on his stories and memories to his future descendants utilizing the cemetery and memorial. The cemetery would become a place for those who visit to remember a section of Mammoth Cave’s history.
Burdened. Brave. Bransford.
The Bransfords bore the pain of slavery; wore their plight proudly and became the most powerful slave guides at Mammoth Cave.They weren't just guides, they were explorers. They explored the caves endlessly alongside Stephen Bishop. These guides led prestigious individuals such as General George Custer, Kings and Queens, and some of the best-educated geologists and scientists in the world.