Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Laboring Sons Memorial Ground
A cemetery was established at this site in 1851 by the Beneficial Society of the Laboring Sons of Frederick to provide a burial ground for citizens of color. The Beneficial Society had been formed in 1839 “for the purpose of relieving or alleviating, both spiritually and temporally, any member of us, who may be distressed . . .and to see that his mortal remains be interred with decency.” The society remained active for more than 100 years, and this ground remained a cemetery until 1949.
The trustees who purchased the land were:
William Brown • William Tasker
Robert E. Probee • Nicholas Thompson
• Perry G. Walker
This hallowed site was dedicated as a memorial ground by the City of Frederick and the Laboring Sons Memorial Committee on the 15th of January 2003.
This plaque was donated by Lough Memorials.
In Honor of Those Who Rest in this Memorial Ground
Miranda Allen, Griffith Barnes, James Barton, Mary Barton, Maria Bias, John W. Bowan,
Erected 2003 by City of Frederick, the Laboring Sons Memorial Committee, Lough Memorials, and Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations.
Location. 39° 25.245′ N, 77° 24.429′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Chapel Alley, on the right when traveling south. Memorial is on west side of Chapel Alley between E. 5th Street and E. 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rediscovered Past (within shouting distance of this marker); They Lie Here, Beneath Our Feet (within shouting distance of this marker); Roger Brooke Taney (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial John McElroy, S.J. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Scott Key (approx. 0.3 miles away); Enoch Louis Lowe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Former Site of Tory Gaol (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Also see . . . Laboring Sons Cemetery circa 1851. FHD-1301, Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties Form. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,657 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on November 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 1, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.