Historic African American Cemetery in Queen Village, Philadelphia, Larger Than Thought

Posted by admin on Nov 12, 2013

The remains of at least 5,000 18th- and 19th-century African Americans lie less than two feet beneath the asphalt and tennis court at Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village, a far greater number than previously believed.

And there could be more, stacked in layers in the old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church burial ground, according to an extensive archaeological study conducted at the city’s behest and just released.

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