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Mt. Zion Cemetery / Female Union Band Society Cemetery

 
 
Mt. Zion Cemetery / Female Union Band Society Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, December 31, 2021
1. Mt. Zion Cemetery / Female Union Band Society Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
Mt. Zion Cemetery
(Old Methodist Burial Ground)
1809 - 1950s

Female Union Band Society
Cemetery
1842 - 1950s

have been listed in the
National Register of Historic Places
by the
United States Department of the Interior

The Mount Zion Cemetery, formerly known as the Old Methodist Burial Ground, and adjacent Female Union Band Society Cemetery, are two of the oldest remaining African American cemeteries in Georgetown and greater Washington, D.C. area. The Joint Committee on Landmarks designated the cemeteries as Category II Landmarks of importance that contribute to the cultural and visual beauty of the District. They were officially listed in the National Register on August 6, 1975, in the Archeology-Historic and Social/Humanitarian categories with an 1809-1950 period of significance.

Although located within the Georgetown Historic District, the Cemeteries' historical significance is sufficiently different to merit individual listings. The two sites' historical importance date to the pre- and post-Civil War eras, including a connection
Mt. Zion Cemetery / Female Union Band Society Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, December 31, 2021
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with the Underground Railroad, as a physical reminder of the city's African-descended culture. This aspect of the cemeteries' significance is also revealed through their association with local African American religious activism and the cooperative role of benevolent societies, both of which continue through the Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the trustees of the Female Union Band Society Cemetery.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1975.
 
Location. 38° 54.664′ N, 77° 3.281′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 27th Street Northwest, 0.1 miles north of Q Street Northwest, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2527 Q St NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgetown Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); "The bramble and trees…had made them invisible" (within shouting distance of this marker); Tulip Poplar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “… on a high, dry, & handsome situation” (about 300 feet away); In Grateful Commemoration of the Signing of the Constitution (about 400 feet away);
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Dumbarton House (about 400 feet away); "…a headquarters to call our own" (about 400 feet away); Eastern Redbud (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Dec. 7, 2022