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Montgomery in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Colored Cemetery”

 
 
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By Clifton Patrick, October 8, 2009
1. “Colored Cemetery" Marker
Inscription. Not all who arrived in this "New World" came of their own free will. There were those brought in heavy iron shackles -- victims of the cruel and inhumane institution known as slavery.

According to records, 236 slaves, and 17 free blacks and American Indians lived in the Town of Montgomery in 1790. Since then, the veil of time has obscured much of the information about them and this half acre of sacred ground. It is known, however, that the cemetery was established in the mid-18th century and most likely used for slaves owned by some of the original Palatine settlers. Within the boundaries of this historic site are more than 100 markers; two of which are known to be inscribed. One bears the date of 1756.

This cemetery is an important link to our past and an everlasting reminder of the contributions and sacrifices made by the souls interred here in the establishment of this nation and the Town of Montgomery. They helped to open what was once the American frontier. May this site always be respected and treated as hallowed ground.

Robert L. Williams - Town Historian, 1995

The restoration of this cemetery has been made possible through the generosity of many donors and the encouragement of the Montgomery Town Board.
 
Erected by Town of Montgomery Historian.
“Colored Cemetery" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Clifton Patrick, October 8, 2009
2. “Colored Cemetery" Marker

 
Location. 41° 30.299′ N, 74° 15.252′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on St Rte 416 (New York State Route 416) half a mile south of Union St. (New York State Route 211). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: St Rte 416 (WS), Montgomery, ny 12549, Montgomery NY 12549, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German Town (approx. half a mile away); Montgomery House (approx. half a mile away); Site of Pleasure Ground (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ward’s Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mastadon Dig 1800 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Smith Homestead (approx. 3.4 miles away); Butter Factory (approx. 3.5 miles away); William Bull (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraNative Americans
 
“Colored Cemetery" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Clifton Patrick, October 8, 2009
3. “Colored Cemetery" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. This page has been viewed 778 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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