Pennsylvania’s forgotten African American cemeteries are getting their historical due

December 4, 2018

By Staff

To Crystal Crampton, the empty spaces that separate dates of birth and death on headstones at Historic Bucktoe Cemetery represent the forgotten life stories of those interred there.

Beginning in the early 1800s, the Kennett Township graveyard took in 122 African American occupants before it was abandoned a century later. Their descendants drifted away. And the church that had sat guard over the burial ground, New Garden Memorial U.A.M.E., moved on, too, building a new house of worship in a nearby Chester County borough.

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