Moses Hall Cemetery

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Moses Hall Cemetery

Also known as Gibson Grove AME Church Cemetery

Cabin John, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
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It is from the darkness of American slavery and the desire of one of its captives to bask in the light of freedom that Gibson Grove owes its beginning. Sarah Gibson, a former slave from Virginia, known by some as "Nanny," migrated to the Montgomery County area shortly after the Civil War. Forced to leave the Virginia plantation, Sarah and her two children were separated from her husband. Some time later they arrived at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, a destination for many ex-slaves coming north.

Sarah (a seamstress by trade) and her family worked on a farm in Potomac, Maryland. Sixteen years later they were able to purchase 4 1/2 acres of land on Seven Locks Road. This area was known then as "Number 10," a voting district inhabited mainly by Blacks and known today as Cabin John.

A very spiritual person, Sarah Gibson saw a need for a place to worship. God in her community. As a demonstration of her faith and belief, in 1898 she gave a portion of her land for that purpose. The first pastor was Reverend Wright. As a tribute to Mrs. Gibson's generosity, the members named the church after her. This was the beginning of Gibson Grove AME Zion Church. Because she wanted children of her race to be educated, a one-room school was built beside the church. This school was eventually turned over to the State of Maryland and was moved to Moses Hall, a building (now gone) behind the church.

Gibson Grove's first structure was a modest log cabin on the lower south side of its present location. At one time, the church's grounds were used for burials, the last one in 1912. (There is a now unused
cemetery near the former Moses Hall.) A nearby creek was used for baptisms. In 1923, under the leadership of its pastor, the Reverend N.G. Stevenson, the church was rebuilt on its present site. In January 1929, Mrs. Gibson died and was buried at Moses Hall.

Source: Historic Wanderings

GPS Coordinates: 38.98261, -77.16282

  • Added: 24 Jan 2018
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2659176