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African Burial Ground in Manhattan, late 1700s
[Public Domain]

 

“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)


David W. Dunlap, “Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered in East Harlem,”
 New York Times, [N.Y. / Region] January 21, 2016
“They had plenty of documents to show that the 126th Street Bus Depot in
Upper Manhattan occupied the site of a Reformed Dutch churchyard where
New Yorkers of African descent had been buried from the 17th century
through the 19th century. What they lacked were any remains. Now, they have them.”

Dunlap, David W. “Unfree, Unknown,” New York Times,
[N.Y. / Region] December 26, 1991
“After what mean years they had on earth -- enslaved, impoverished and
ostracized -- black New Yorkers in the 18th century were consigned to a
desolate graveyard beyond the city walls. The next light they were to see was
the rising sun on Judgment Day.”

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.”

 

North

African American Cemeteries Online

African American Legacy of the Woodlawn Cemetery
“At the close of the 19th century, The Woodlawn Cemetery emerged as the
chosen burial ground for New Yorkers of African American and Afro Caribbean descent.
For more than one hundred years, civic leaders, musicians, writers, pastors and
civil rights activists chose Woodlawn as the place where they could be memorialized.”

African Burial Ground
“The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument
dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent.
It is the newest National Monument in New York City, joining the
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Castle Clinton National Monument.
The African Burial Ground National Monument's story is both old and new;
It began use in the 17th or 18th century, but was only
rediscovered in the past 20 years.”

List of Cemeteries in N.J., Penn. & N.Y

North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial
It has databases one can search for individuals that took part in
World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Other Burial Listings

The Town of Rye African-American Cemetery
“The African Cemetery was established in Rye when its site was deeded to the
town on June 27, 1860, by Underhill and Elizabeth Halsted “(to) be forever after
kept and used for the purposes of a cemetery or burial place for the colored
inhabitants of the said Town of Rye and its vicinity
free and clear of any charge therefore.””

A Visual Remembrance of African Slave Markers in Colonial Newport
History and grave makers of blacks in colonial Newport

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