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Edison in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Colored Burial Ground

Piscatawaytown Burial Ground

Colored Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Weintraub
1. Colored Burial Ground Marker
In October 1880. Dr. Ezra M. Hunt of Metuchen listed all the graves in the Piscatawavtown Burial Ground. He identified five graves in the south-west corner as the "Colored Burial Ground”. Subsequent to Dr. Hunt's list. there were two additional burials in this section. It is not known if any of these people were slaves, or if there are any additional graves in this corner. This is the only known African American burial site in the Edison area.

This marker recognizes this portion of the cemetery as the Colored Burial Ground, and commemorates the contributions of African Americans in the early history of our country and community, Below are the names of the individuals buried here:

John Demond   age 30   Died June 13, 1843
Mary Dunn   age 19   Died December 18, 1831
Gifford Dunn   age 22   Died June 29, 1845
Rosanna Green   age 87   Died February 6, 1898
Yerkus Martin   age 75   Died August 20, 1839
Margaret Martin   age 55   Died April 26, 1844
Peter Ravn   Age 56   Died October 30, 18??

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
Location. 40° 29.996′ N, 74° 23.839′ W. Marker is in Edison, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Germantown Road and Church Street, on the left when traveling east on Germantown Road. Located at the southwest corner of the cemetery next to St. James Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edison NJ 08817, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint James Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Raritan River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Invention of the Band-Aid (approx. 1½ miles away); Camp Kilmer (approx. 2 miles away); The Ravine Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Indian Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); New Brunswick (approx. 2.3 miles away); The First Classes of Queen's College (Rutgers University) (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edison.
Colored Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Weintraub
2. Colored Burial Ground Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2022, by David Weintraub of Edison, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2022, by David Weintraub of Edison, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2023