Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
They Lie Here, Beneath Our Feet
For nearly a century, many of Frederick's African American residents were laid to rest here in the Laboring Sons Cemetery. As the name implies, they repaired the shoes, painted the houses, cleaned the stables, nursed the sick, and performed countless other tasks necessary for the daily function of local businesses and households.
Others moved away for employment, their remains shipped back to Frederick by freight train, to be buried at home. Some former slaves lie here along with military veterans. At least eight individuals buried here served in the U. S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.
Buried with Honor
Following services in his home on DeGrange Street, the funeral procession of Civil War veteran Morton Stewart crossed town to his final resting place on April 1, 1910. Ceremoniously draped in a 46-star American flag, his coffin was respectfully carried to the grave by four pallbearers. As a soldier, Mr. Stewart served with the U. S. Colored Troops. After the war, he was a member of Frederick's Kilpatrick Colored Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 25.26′ N, 77° 24.419′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of East 6th Street and Chapel Alley, on the right when traveling west on East 6th Street. This marker is on the north (the 6th Street side) of Laboring Sons Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Chapel Alley, 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. Laboring Sons Memorial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Rediscovered Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Roger Brooke Taney (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John McElroy, S.J. (approx. ¼ mile away); Francis Scott Key (approx. 0.3 miles away); Enoch Louis Lowe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Former Site of Tory Gaol (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
1. USCT Veterans in the Laboring Sons Cemetery
The MD Historical Trust, Inventory Form lists five USCT
— Submitted November 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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