New Jersey USA
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Now also used as a public park, all the tombstones have been laid flat.
Jacob Johnson began the cemetery in East Camden in 1854. It was the first graveyard that catered to middle-class blacks in Camden. Largely forgotten and semi-neglected, the city-owned property in the 3800 block of Federal Street is the final resting place for about 250 to 300 people of African descent. A sizable number of those buried there — 123 — served in the United States Colored Troops, or U.S.C.T., who fought for the Union during the Civil War. City workers took the headstones down in the early 1980s. Some markers were removed, while others were laid flat.Many headstones were eventually placed as breakwaters along the Delaware River.
(per D. Myers, 3/15/12)
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