Colored Cemetery

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Colored Cemetery

Location
off North Mill Street
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorials 150 added (73% photographed)

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This cemetery was originally set aside for burials of African Americans, but also included Wampanoags and persons of Pacific Island Heritage. Today, it is no longer segregated and is a designated historical site. A marker placed at the cemetery in 1997 reads:

Historic Cemetery
The oldest known burial was in 1798.

In 1805 the Nantucket proprietors "voted that the Black People may fence one acre of land where their Burying Place is."

In 1807 this place was described as "the Burying Ground that belongs to the Black People or People of Color."

Among those who have found their last rest here are members of the Boston, Pompey, Ross, Porte, Grant, Wheeler and Carter families; the families of churchmen Arthur Cooper, James Crawford, and John W. Robinson; and four Civil War veterans.

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GPS Coordinates: 41.2755900, -70.1024700

  • Added: 14 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2314131