Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Memorial Park, created in 1974 as a recreation area for the surrounding community, stands on the site of Lincoln Cemetery. Originally named the African Cemetery of Carlisle, Lincoln Cemetery was in use as early as 1806.
Several hundred African-American men, women, and children are buried here including at least forty Civil War veterans, five of whom served in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry that led the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina in July, 1863.
It is believed that Mrs. Elizabeth Peck, who died Aug. 20, 1826, is also buried here. She was the mother of John Peck, the abolitionist and underground railroad activist, who harbored and transported slaves from Carlisle. He and his mother were members of Bethel A.M.E. Church.
The latest interment occurred in June 2002, when the ashes of Barry Keith Campbell, who grew up across the street from the cemetery, were scattered over the park.
Location. 40° 12.365′ N, 77° 11.488′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Click for map. Marker is along the trail in Memorial Park, about 200 feet northwest of the intersection of Penn and Pitt Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance 54th & 55th Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The Jordan Gravestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Marianne Moore (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Union Fire Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beta Pi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (approx. 0.3 miles away); The High Street Train Stations (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cumberland County Historical Society & Hamilton Library Association (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . . Lincoln Cemetery Memorial Park. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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