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Slave Barracoons, Burial-ground. [NYPL]

 

“Cemeteries often contain genealogical information that can't be found
anywhere else. As such, they provide crucial information and clues for
further research for the African American genealogist.” 
(African American Cemeteries Online)

Nir, Sarah Maslin. “Slaves’ Forgotten Burial Sites, Marked Online,”
New York Times [Buildings & Landmarks], March 18, 2013
“The fact that they lie in these unmarked abandoned sites,” Ms. Arnold said,
“it’s almost like that they are kind of vanishing from the American consciousness.”



South

African American Cemeteries Online

African-American cemetery at Drayton Hall
“Located about 100 feet from the main drive, is the resting place for many of the
African Americans who lived and worked at Drayton Hall. In fact, most of the
visible graves are for people with roots in three centuries of South Carolina history.”

The Daughter's of Zion Cemetery
“The Daughter's of Zion Cemetery (DOZ) was founded by a charitable society
for African American women of the same name in 1873. The cemetery is also
referred to as the "Society Cemetery" or the "Church Hill Cemetery."
The earliest gravestone that we can read today is five-year-old Annie Buckner,
who died in April 1873. There are 179 markers standing as of 2003. The last
burial took place in 1995, but the majority of burials took place prior to the 1930s.”

History of African-American Cemeteries (South Carolina)

Laurel Grove Cemetery South
“Founded in 1853 for the burial of Savannah’s African-Americans”

African-American Cemeteries and Obituaries
“. . . documented over 90,000 African-American family histories through
cemetery records and obituaries. Most are records of persons who lived
in Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Schley, and
Sumter counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama
but you are welcome to submit from other areas.”

 

 

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