Hanover & Chestnut Streets, Pottstown, Montgomery Co., PA
The plaques in the second picture display the names of the people who were buried under the addition to the church in early 1900s. A parking lot and the building addition are now where the 'Old Burying Ground' was. The Old Burying Ground was shared with Emmanuel Lutheran Church on the other end of the block. It is visible in the first picture. That church also has a plaque with names of those buried under the addition to their church.
What is today the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Zion Reformed Church began as a Union Church and they established a burial ground together, at the site of the first church. Later the two churches split, each building their own churches at either end of the same block. The burial ground remained between the two churches and was used by both congregations among others. They never divided the burying ground into Lutheran or a Reformed sections.
Eventually both churches needed to expand their buildings and they decided to split the burial ground down the middle, each church taking responsibility for the removals on their half of the burial ground, regardless of the denominational affiliation of the deceased. Each church kept a careful record of the removals they did and each church had plaques made commemorating the burials that they removed, again regardless of their denomination.
Today there are two large bronze plaques in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church foyer commemorating the removals Emmanuel did and there are also two large bronze plaques on a memorial at the Zion Reformed Church, commemorating the removals Zion did. The removals in the north half of the burying ground were re-buried under the new Emmanuel Lutheran Sunday School building and the removals in the south half of the burial ground were re-buried under a portion of the Zion Reformed Church administrative building.
The names being submitted to Find-A-Grave under the Emmanual Lutheran Old Burying Ground are the names appearing on the Emmanuel Lutheran plaques. The names being submitted under the Zion Reformed Church Cemetery are the names appearing on the Zion Reformed plaques. Neither list is exclusive to the members of the respective churches, they are merely the removals done by each of the churches.
Today, no burial ground exists that can be seen by any visitors, only the commemorative plaques.
GPS Coordinates: 40.24759, -75.64986
- Added: 17 Dec 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2286367
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