Keona Dordor

Keona Dordor is the student recipient of the Heartland Journalism Fellowship and a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in urban studies, with a double-minor in writing and in religious studies, all in Arts & Sciences. She is also a Chancellor’s Career Fellow and a Gephardt Institute Fox-Clark Civic Scholar. Born in Accra, Ghana, Dordor was raised in Nashville, Tennesee, since age nine, when her family relocated to the United States. Her writing explores themes and issues of religion and the challenges facing her generation.

Posts by Keona Dordor

Greenwood Cemetery

The Long, Rugged Life of Greenwood Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery welcomes historians just as it welcomes first-grade classes learning about significant people in history. It welcomed Shelley and Raphael Morris in 1999, now leaders of the cemetery, and it welcomed me in the summer of 2023 as I sought to learn more about this burgeoning Saint Louis stronghold.

My Christmas Seasons in Ghana and the United States

1. I Wonder… Christmas in Ghana always began with a warm “It is Jesus’ birthday month” declaration at the end of church from my pastor and a card. My family traditionally wrote the first ones to our neighbors, the Datsas. Maame Datsa always greeted us at the gate. She was one and a half years […]

Five Things I Learned at Greenwood Cemetery

        A history repository: Greenwood Cemetery matters because it is a history repository. Established in 1874, it holds the distinction of being the first nonsectarian historically Black Cemetery in the St. Louis metropolitan area. It houses the final resting places of notable figures, from Civil War veterans to influential community leaders. It […]