Cemetery notes and/or description: This is the former lost/defunct cemetery originally created in 1852 and previously located in East Baltimore Maryland on Belair Road. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 persons of African-American descent were buried on that five acre site.
It was relocated to its present three-acre site in 1958 after an attempt to bulldoze the graves was halted by the Baltimore NAACP. About 400 grave markers are present here.
Laurel Cemetery is currently located at the intersection of Hodges Road and Lancaster Drive in Johnsville, Maryland about 20 miles west of Baltimore. Two 16-foot stone pillars mark the entrance and the graves are placed in rows off a central pathway.
The trustee was a man by the name of Edward A. Anderson who died in the 70s. The story of how the Laurel Cemetery came to be where it currently is can be found in "Flowers of the Forest: Black Genealogical Journal", 1984. A copy of it can be found at the Pratt library in Baltimore or by searching worldcat.org.