1810 – 1909 Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church, Kingston NY

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Click on the link below to view Marriages from the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY designated as “Colored” from 1810 to 1909.

1810-1909 Marriages of the Old Dutch Church Designated as Color

Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground – Family Names

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Below are the family names of those found in the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground as per the SCORE report created by Charles B. Swain and Rev. Jim Childs on April 9th, 1985.






1755: Slave Census Ulster County

October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here is a fascinating document that shows the slave census from 1755. It’s a big help in starting our research of those who are probably buried at the Pine Street Slave Cemetery in the City of Kingston.

Both PDF and Jpeg copies are included here.

Slave Census Ulster Co 1755

Slaves in Ulster County, Page 1

Slaves in Ulster County, Page 2

Slaves in Ulster County, Page 3

Slaves in Ulster County, Page 4

Slaves in Ulster County, Page 5

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.