“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Paltz in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

African-American Burial Ground

African-American Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 1, 2020
1. African-American Burial Ground Marker
Site of African-American burial ground French Huguenots who founded New Paltz in 1677 had used enslaved Africans for construction and farm work as early as 1673. By 1790, 179 enslaved African-Americans and 9 free persons of color lived in New Paltz. Slavery officially ended in New York State in 1827. But many African-Americans remained in servitude until 1848. A burial ground used by Africans and their descendants is located near this marker. After the Civil War, when whites allowed African-American burials in a segregated portion of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery on Plains Road, this burial ground was no longer used and its existence nearly forgotten.
Erected 2000 by Town and Village of New Paltz.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
Location. 41° 45.553′ N, 74° 5.15′ W. Marker is in New Paltz, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on Huguenot Street half a mile north of Mulberry Street, on the
African-American Burial Ground Site image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 1, 2020
2. African-American Burial Ground Site
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right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Paltz NY 12561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1786 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elting Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Freer House (approx. half a mile away); Hasbrouck House (approx. half a mile away); The Reformed Church (approx. half a mile away); Die Pfalz (approx. half a mile away); Stone Church-1773 (approx. half a mile away); Bevier House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Paltz.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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