“The African-American cemetery on Pine street represents one of the earliest, and potentially largest, slave cemeteries presently known in the Northeast…”

August 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

Joseph E. Diamond Ph.D. is an anthropologist who was hired by the City of Kingston under a grant from the NY State Office of Parks and Recreation to undertake a Stage 1A archeological survey for the city of Kingston.

In this letter dated January 6th, 1993 and written to Mayor John Amarello, Mr. Diamond relays this important information about the 17th century slave cemetery on Pine Street in Kingston: “The African-American cemetery on Pine street represents one of the earliest, and potentially largest (he notes that anywhere from hundreds to thousands are buried at the 157 Pine Street location) slave cemeteries known in the northeast”.

At this time, the property is privately owned with at least one house built on this sacred ground.


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§ One Response to “The African-American cemetery on Pine street represents one of the earliest, and potentially largest, slave cemeteries presently known in the Northeast…”

  • Keith Stokes says:

    Congratulations on the restoration and recovery work on the Pine Street Cemetery. The oldest and largest intact enslaved and free African cemetery in America is in Newport, Rhode Island. The cemetery was established in 1705 and has burials of 17th, 18th and 19th century African and later African Americans. The cemetery also has many markers carved by African stone cutters.

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