Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Where do we bury our dead? Lincoln Cemetery
Another cemetery established in 1824 for the “Colored Citizens” of the Borough was located at the east end of town. As the town expanded, pressure to sell that property promoted the Trustees of St. Paul’s AME Zion Church to purchase a small section of land adjacent to the Sons of Goodwill cemetery in 1906. The bodies of those buried on York Street were exhumed and moved here. In the 1920's the “Lincoln Lodge” of Gettysburg’s Black Elks purchased land bordering Long Lane, giving the name “Lincoln Cemetery” to this place.
Lincoln Cemetery is the final resting place
It remains a tradition of Gettysburg’s Black citizens to hold a memorial service here each May to honor those buried here.
Funding for this wayside provided by the Hoffman Charitable Trust
Erected 2004 by the Lincoln Cemetery Project Association, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 39° 49.557′ N, 77° 14.142′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Lane and Kuhn Alley, on the right when traveling north on Long Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monumental Stories (a few steps from this marker); Basil Biggs (a few steps from Lincoln Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Goodwill Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church (about 700 feet away); Mary Virginia Wade Lived in This House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Agricultural Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. In the upper right is a photo of the “Lincoln Cemetery in 1977, 20 years prior to restoration.” On the lower right is a photo of the “Colored Folks Memorial Day Parade in Gettysburg ca. 1934.” In the lower center is a photo of “Memorial Day 1942 - speaker Dr. Crampton. Dignitaries on rostrum (L-R): Francis Carter; David Stanton, Sr.; Rev. Shadney; and John Carter, Sr.”
The text for this marker was taken from the 2001 book Segregation In Death: Gettysburg’s Lincoln Cemetery by Betty Dorsey Myers.
Regarding Where do we bury our dead? Lincoln Cemetery. This cemetery has been preserved by volunteers, to give recognition to the Black citizens and the thirty “United States Colored Troops” that are interred there.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,639 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.