Early Rural African American Burials

 

The discovery of the African American burial ground in downtown Manhattan earned publicity and a national monument.  But what about rural, Pre-Civil African American burial grounds?

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Town of Milan ~ Pre-Civil War racial composition compared to today based on Federal Census records

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Town of Milan ~ mislabeled, recast burial ground

We have added and summarized significant findings to original research done by Milan Town Historian Bobbie Thompson in the 1970’s. We use an ISSUU reader, once open, please look for the bottom-right scroll-bar which allows you to zoom in.

Town of Milan ~ The southheast corner of Yeoman’s Cemetery

Walter Patrice had spent a lifetime, first with his mother, then with his wife, looking for the 19th century resting place of his ancestral family, the Jacksons of the Town of Milan.  Then we located a number of newspaper clippings in the Town of Milan archives linking the Jackson family to Yeoman’s cemetery.  In addition, on the good authority of local historian Reggie Coon, we identified the area of Yeoman’s set aside for persons of color as the southeast corner, where there had been only wooden or no markers.  So WWII veteran Officer Walter Patrice was able to visit the resting place of his family in October 2016, just after his 98th birthday.

Walter Patrice, in a short video, takes us through the  Jackson family album.

Town of Red Hook

Working notes on Tivoli (Red Hook) NY African American Burial Ground.  We use an ISSUU reader, once open, please look for the bottom-right scroll-bar which allows you to zoom in.

 Town of Owego, Tiaga County

Ed Nizalowski’s research and findings of across two generations on Owego, Tiaga County African American Burial Ground, shared here with his kind permission.

Growing documentation in Wikipedia

List of African-American cemeteries in New York.

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