Slaves are buried at a Bucks County graveyard. Quakers say it’s time to pay attention to them.

September 16, 2018

Holly Olson, (L) a member of the Middletown Friends Meeting and Brenda Cowan (R) a local resident of Langhorne, are committee members organizing a memorial service for the forgotten slaves buried on the site.

By Staff

Of a mass of bodies that thread Langhorne’s soil at a stretch of lush ground behind the Middletown Friends Meeting House, there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of people buried and gone unrecognized.

Some of the anonymity is intentional, as it’s a Quaker graveyard, and Quakers were traditionally buried by those who knew and cared for them in ceremonies so unfussy that headstones were considered vanities. Near those gravesites are the bodies of slaves and freed slaves who ended up in this cemetery not by choice, but by circumstance.

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