10/12/10 – Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground Signage

October 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

New signage for the Mt. Zion African-American Cemetery thanks to the Kingston Veterans Association.

The Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground has a new sign thanks to the Kingston Veterans Association and nine Seabess Veterens.
The Kingston Land Trust will work with it’s Black History Committee to create a re-dedication ceremony in 2011.

9/2/87: City of Kingston Resolution Approving Designation of Mt. Zion Cemetery As A Historic Landmark

September 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here is the resolution that approves the designation of Mt. Zion Cemetery on South Wall Street as an Historic Landmark. Dated September 2nd, 1987.

City of Kingston Common Council Resolution Approving Designation of Mt. Zion Cemetery As an Historic Landmark

“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.


“Those Who Honor The Dead Will Care For The Living”

August 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

A letter to the common council written by Joseph Forte of the VFW. The date is unknown.


Documentation of Soldiers Buried at the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground on South Wall Street

August 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here is a working list of soldier graves noted at the Mt. Zion African American Burial Ground on South Wall Street. The list was compiled by Kingston Veteran Joe Forte of the Veterans Association of Kingston in or around 1987.

 



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,  Pine Street Pediatrics now sits at the Houghtaling site. The remains were removed and buried at the Dutch Church cemetery in Kingston).


1930: Dedication Program of the New Franklin Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Kingston

August 25, 2010 § 1 Comment

A Dedication Program of the new Franklin Street church. Rev. E.O. Clarke served as Pastor at this time.

(Special thanks to Linda and Vicente Archer for sharing these materials).

1930: Dedication Program of the new Franklin Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Kingston, NY.

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.

Welcome to the Kingston, NY African and African-American Burial Ground Website.

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This project serves as a way to organize important documents and to take steps in helping to protect the African and African-American Burial Grounds in the city of Kingston, NY.   It was sponsored by the Kingston Land Trust.

Please visit often as we add collaborative partners and materials that will help to tell the stories of those buried and to better understand the rich African-American history in the city of Kingston and Ulster County.

Created and compiled by:
Rebecca Martin
Executive Director (2010 – 2012)
Kingston Land Trust

We would like to acknowledge those who have contributed so much in moving this project forward past and present.  They are:

Edwin Ford
City of Kingston Historian

Joesph Diamond, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
SUNY New Paltz

Jane Kellar
Friends of Historic Kingston

Kevin McEvoy
The Kingston Land Trust

Alan Adin
City of Kingston Engineering Office

Andy Kirschner
Good Samaritan and Business Owner, City of Kingston

Sherrill D. Wilson, Ph.D.
Urban Anthropologist, Ne

Joseph and Bill Forte
Veterans Association of Kingston

Kingston Land Trust African American History Committee
(2010 – 2012)

Bill Reynolds
Ward 7 Alderman, City of Kingston

2010: Re-Dedication of the Storm Family Cemetery, Stormville NY

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

These photographs were recently submitted by Linda Archer who is a Kingston resident and long time AME Zion Church community member. Linda and her husband  Vicente were both fortunate to witness the re-dedication of the Storm Family Cemetery in Stormville, NY on Sunday, August 22nd 2010.

Linda writes, “We attended, it was very moving and we are all very blessed to have such amazing people to have paved our path. There was about 140 in attendance and what shined through was the joy and smiles rather than somber moments. We had the opportunity to meet Lorraine Roberts, an inspiring lady, and she is looking forward to our September meeting. Here are a few pictures we took. We know when all of the community comes together these are the kind of wonderful results that can happen”.

For more on this project, contact the Dutchess County Historical Society.

Storm Family Cemetery Re-dedication Service