Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Memorial Park, created in 1974 as a recreation area for the surrounding community, stands on the site of Lincoln Cemetery. Originally named the African Cemetery of Carlisle, Lincoln Cemetery was in use as early as 1806.
Several hundred African-American men, women, and children are buried here including at least forty Civil War veterans, five of whom served in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry that led the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina in July, 1863.
It is believed that Mrs. Elizabeth Peck, who died Aug. 20, 1826, is also buried here. She was the mother of John Peck, the abolitionist and underground railroad activist, who harbored and transported slaves from Carlisle. He and his mother were members of Bethel A.M.E. Church.
The latest interment occurred in June 2002, when the ashes of Barry Keith Campbell, who grew up across the street from the cemetery, were scattered over the park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 2002.
Location. 40° 12.365′ N, 77° 11.488′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is along the trail in Memorial Park, about 200 feet northwest of the intersection of Penn and Pitt Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 54th & 55th Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The Jordan Gravestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Marianne Moore (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Union Fire Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vale-Himes Park Landmark Lines (approx. ¼ mile away); Health Through History (approx. ¼ mile away); Dickinson’s Historic Triangle (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . . From Cemetery to Park. Carlisle Parks blog entry (Submitted on March 12, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 785 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 6, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.