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Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery

1857-1959

 
 
Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 2008
1. Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Many distinguished Black citizens including Civil War veterans were buried in this cemetery. These bodies now rest in the new National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery in Maryland.
 
Erected by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
 
Location. 38° 55.229′ N, 76° 59.756′ W. Marker is in Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue NE (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at the main entrance to the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro train station, off the parking area, one block southwest of the Rhode Island Avenue (US Rte. 1)/Reed Street, NE, intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pope John Paul II (approx. 0.7 miles away); Father Michael J. McGivney (approx. 0.9 miles away); Metropolitan Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Ole Jim" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Denison House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Helen Fay House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Provisions for the City (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Northeast.
 
Also see . . .
Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 2008
2. Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station
Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker is on pillar at entrance, center rear of photo.

1. National Harmony Cemetery, Landover, MD. History of the original cemetery (displaced by construction of the Metro Station) and location of graves reinterred at National Harmony. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Columbian Harmony Cemetery. Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. Columbian Harmony Cemetery records, District of Columbia, 1831-1899. (PDF) compiled by Paul E. Sluby Sr., (Submitted on June 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Columbian Harmony/National Harmony...
The original cemetery spanned a large area bounded by Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood Road and the B&O Railroad right of way. Its relocation in 1959-60 to Landover, MD (after years of neglect and deterioration, including use of the D.C. site as a Department of Transportation impound lot) was accompanied by accusations of governmental racism and mismanagement, overlooked graves and misidentified re-interments. Among notable veterans re-interred at National Harmony are Medal of Honor recipients Christian A. Fleetwood and Thomas R. Hawkins, Osborne P. Anderson (a surviving member of John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry in 1859), and Henry Vinton Plummer
Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, June 25, 2014
3. Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker
(a Civil War sailor and later the first Black chaplain in the Regular U.S. Army).
    — Submitted January 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. Harmonia Burial Ground; U.S. Colored Troops; USCT; U.S. Navy; Christian Fleetwood; Thomas Hawkins; Osborne Anderson; Henry Vinton Plummer; Landover, MD.; Medal of Honor;
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesWar, US Civil
 
National Harmony Memorial Park entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
4. National Harmony Memorial Park entrance
Sheriff Road, Landover, MD.
Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, June 25, 2014
5. Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood
Metro Station
Christian Fleetwood grave marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
6. Christian Fleetwood grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
Thomas Hawkins grave marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
7. Thomas Hawkins grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
Oxborne Perry Anderson grave marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
8. Oxborne Perry Anderson grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery
Henry Vincent Plummer grave marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
9. Henry Vincent Plummer grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
 
 
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