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Brentwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery

1857-1959

 
 
Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, 2008
1. Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
Many distinguished Black citizens including Civil War veterans were buried in this cemetery.

These bodies now rest in the new National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery in Maryland.
 
Erected by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 55.229′ N, 76° 59.756′ W. Marker is in Brentwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Place Northeast and Rhode Island Avenue Northeast (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the main entrance to the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro train station, off the parking area, one block southwest of the Rhode Island Avenue (US Rte. 1)/Reed Street, NE, intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 919 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Site Columbian Harmony Cemetery (within shouting
Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, 2008
2. Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station
Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker is on pillar at entrance, center rear of photo.
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distance of this marker); Crosby S. Noyes Elementary School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stone Straw Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Glenwood Cemetery Chapel (approx. half a mile away); Prospect Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Christ, the Light of the World (approx. 0.7 miles away); Prospect Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pope John Paul II (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. National Harmony Cemetery, Landover, MD. History of the original cemetery (displaced by construction of the Metro Station) and location of graves reinterred at National Harmony. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Columbian Harmony Cemetery. Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Columbian Harmony/National Harmony...
The original cemetery spanned a large area bounded by Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood Road and the B&O Railroad right of way. Its relocation in 1959-60 to Landover, MD (after years of neglect and deterioration, including use of the D.C. site as a Department of Transportation
Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 25, 2014
3. Former Site, Columbian Harmony Cemetery Marker
impound lot) was accompanied by accusations of governmental racism and mismanagement, overlooked graves and misidentified re-interments. Among notable veterans re-interred at National Harmony are Medal of Honor recipients Christian A. Fleetwood and Thomas R. Hawkins, Osborne P. Anderson (a surviving member of John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry in 1859), and Henry Vinton Plummer (a Civil War sailor and later the first Black chaplain in the Regular U.S. Army).
    — Submitted January 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. Harmonia Burial Ground; U.S. Colored Troops; USCT; U.S. Navy; Christian Fleetwood; Thomas Hawkins; Osborne Anderson; Henry Vinton Plummer; Landover, MD.; Medal of Honor;
 
National Harmony Memorial Park entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
4. National Harmony Memorial Park entrance
Sheriff Road, Landover, MD.
Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 25, 2014
5. Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood
Metro Station
Christian Fleetwood grave marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
6. Christian Fleetwood grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
Thomas Hawkins grave marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
7. Thomas Hawkins grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
Oxborne Perry Anderson grave marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
8. Oxborne Perry Anderson grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery
Henry Vincent Plummer grave marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, December 31, 2008
9. Henry Vincent Plummer grave marker
National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 6,678 times since then and 129 times this year. Last updated on February 12, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on June 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on June 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 31, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 2, 2022