“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.


1948: A Memo on Albany Avenue and Pine Street Cemeteries

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is a memo distributed on October 7th, 1948 and created by the City of Kingston’s engineer at the time A. F. Hallinan.

It speaks of both the ‘Colored Cemetery’ on Pine Street and the Houghtaling Cemetery that was almost directly across the street. (In modern times, ┬áPine Street Pediatrics now sits at the Houghtaling site. The remains were removed and buried at the Dutch Church cemetery in Kingston).


2006: “Owned in Life, Owned in Death: The Pine Street African and African-American Burial Ground in Kingston, New York. By Joseph E. Diamond

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Joseph E. Diamond, Ph.D - SUNY Albany

This wonderful article was written by Joseph E. Diamond Ph.D. and came out in the Northeast Historical Archaeology/Vol. 35 in 2006.

(Special thanks to Andrew Kirschner for sharing these materials).

“Owned in Life, Owned in Death: The Pine Street African and African-American Burial Ground in Kingston, New York” by Joseph E. Diamond Ph.D.

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