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Upper Saddle River in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Slave Cemetery

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
1. Slave Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Known by this name for generations, it once was part of the Hopper family farm. Believed to have been a burial ground for slaves and freed blacks, there once were many stones, most without marks. In 1910, the surviving stones with inscriptions were recorded. Known to rest here are John Thompson who died July 22, 1854 at the age of twenty-one; S.F.T., June 30, 1821; Sam (undated); and Gin, July 1775, Her tombstone was inscribed in Dutch.
 
Erected 1987 by Bergen County Historical Society; sponsored by Upper Saddle River Historical Society; Restoration by Troop 33, BSA. (Marker Number 116.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, Bergen County Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1911.
 
Location. 41° 3.997′ N, 74° 5.378′ W. Marker is in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Knights Court, on the left when traveling west. Marker is
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By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
2. Slave Cemetery Marker
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located on a high point in the woods behind some private homes on Knights Court. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saddle River NJ 07458, 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. Saddle River Reformed Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hopper-Goetschius House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eckerson House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Haring Homestead (approx. 2.4 miles away in New York); Saddle River 9 – 11 Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Saddle River Veterans Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away); Ackerman – Pell House (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Saddle River.
 
Also see . . .  Bergen County Historical Society. (Submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
 
Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
3. Slave Cemetery Marker
The cemetery is surrounded by a fence, but no stones or other markers remain at this site.
Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
4. Slave Cemetery Marker
Marker is in the woods behind houses on Knights Court.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 5,061 times since then and 3,388 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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