African Burying Ground
The burying ground is one square chain (66" x 66") -bounded on the west by Hillside Avenue. In the 1889 book "The Story of an Old Farm," Andrew D. Melick, Jr. refers to the site as "Gods Acre".
Erected 2016 by Township of Bedminster.
Location. 40° 41.003′ N, 74° 38.901′ W. Marker is in Bedminster, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Steeple Chase Court, on the right when traveling north on Hillside Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located .25 miles north of the intersection of U.S. Route 202 and Hillside Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Hillside Avenue, Bedminster NJ 07921, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bedminster War Memorials (approx.
More about this marker. The property is owned by the Township of Bedminster and was the former location of the municipal building which has been demolished. In 2013 the Township approved an ordinance that subdivided the parcel believed to be the site of the cemetery. The subdivision carries a deed restriction that the parcel will be preserved.
Regarding African Burying Ground. This site is one of the earliest known land purchases by blacks who were not allowed to own land in the state until after the Revolutionary War. It is the only known purchase
The sign was funded by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant Program.
Also see . . . Related News Article. (Submitted on June 25, 2016, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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