“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Mount Hope Cemetery

(established 1872)

Mount Hope Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dzire Robertson, May 8, 2016
1. Mount Hope Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Mount Hope Cemetery a 34.3-acre cemetery owned by the City of Raleigh, was established about 1872 for African Americans and continues to be operated so almost exclusively.

Soon after the Civl War, the old City Cemetery was filled with interments. The City of Raleigh appointed three prominent African American citizens, "Messrs. Lougee, [Norfleet] Dunston, and Praire" to locate and purchase land for a new cemetery. In early 1872, the City Purchased eleven and one-half acres "south of the City of Raleigh, near Tucker's Mill, on the Fayetteville road" from Joseph H. and Nicholas B. Barham.

The original cemetery contains a gracefully picturesque garden design of driveways that divide the grounds into large curvilinear sections , each laid out into family plots. The undulating hills are landscaped with grassy lawns and a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. Approximately 1,500 monuments commemorate Raleigh's black citizens, including a number of men and women who rose out of slavery to become prominent in professional fields of church leadership, education at Raleigh's two early African American colleges -St. Augustine's and Shaw- as well as in the public schools, medicine, business, politics, and civic service. Mount Hop Cemetery stands as a landmark of African American pride in Raleigh from the early days of freedom in 1870s to the Civil Rights era of the 1950s.

Mount Hope Cemetery contains designs,monuments, markers, walkways, plot boarders and other features which connect visitors to Raleigh's historical past.

We ask for your acknowledgement of the sanctity of this site and ask that you use the site in a manner which preserves its features and amenities for future generations.

Text: Courtesy of Ruth Little
Erected by City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation.
Location. 35° 45.794′ N, 78° 38.737′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker can be reached from Prospect Avenue west of Fayetteville Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Prospect Ave, Raleigh NC 27603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fall of Raleigh (approx. half a mile away); Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (approx. 0.6 miles away); Leonard Medical School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Governorís Palace of North Carolina (approx. 0.7 miles away); General Grant (approx. 0.7 miles away); Governorís Palace (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dorothea Dix Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shaw University (approx. ĺ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Raleigh.
Also see . . .
1. Mount Hope Cemetery. (Submitted on June 3, 2016, by Dzire Robertson of Raleigh, North Carolina.)
2. Mount Hope Cemetery. (Submitted on June 3, 2016, by Dzire Robertson of Raleigh, North Carolina.)
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dzire Robertson of Raleigh, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on , by Dzire Robertson of Raleigh, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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