River Road Moses Cemetery (Defunct)

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River Road Moses Cemetery (Defunct)

Also known as Westbard-White's Tabernacle Cemetery

Location
Vicinity of 5401 Westbard Avenue
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, 20816 USA
Memorials 17 added (6% photographed)

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What was believed to already be a communal, local, and unnamed cemetery for African Americans living on River Road, Bethesda, Maryland, became the River Road Moses Cemetery after 1911, when White’s Tabernacle #39 of the Ancient United Order of the Sons and Daughters, Sisters and Brothers of Moses, an African American benevolent society based in Tenleytown, DC, bought the property as a site for members’ burials.

Multiple death certificates, funeral notices, and oral histories document its active use as a cemetery between 1912 and 1935. Remains from White’s Tabernacle’s previous cemetery in Tenleytown, DC may have been moved to this cemetery. All visible signs of a cemetery were removed during redevelopment during the late 1950s and 1960s. No available records have been found documenting reinterment of remains from the River Road Moses Cemetery to other locations, and oral history indicates that human remains are still at this location.

The cemetery site is now covered by the asphalt parking lot of the Westwood Tower apartment building.

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GPS Coordinates: 38.9645800, -77.1063100

  • Added: 9 Aug 2017
  • Find a Grave Cemetery: #2648340