Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of Old Cathedral Cemetery
By the early 1880s, Old Cathedral Cemetery had fallen into disrepair and church officials began urging parishioners to move their departed loved ones to a new cemetery on Lancaster Avenue. By the mid-1950s it was assumed that all remains had been removed and the property was sold to the Delaware Hospital for use as a parking lot. When the lot was excavated in 1998 the remains of more than 2,000 individuals were discovered. After respectful and painstaking disinterment by a large team of archaeologists, the remains were reinterred at All Saints Cemetery on Kirkwood Highway. In May 1999, a Catholic Mass and memorial service was held at All Saints to honor and remember those were laid to rest there.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 39° 44.988′ N, 75° 33.167′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of W. 12th Street and N. Madison St., on the right when traveling west on W. 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Rodmond Smith (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Read Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richard Bassett (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delaware Children's Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); John McKinly (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cool Spring Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Looking Back (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . . Medal of Honor Recipient Bernard McCarren. McCarren earned the Medal of Honor for actions at Gettysburg, Pa on July 3, 1863. Serving as a member of the 1st Delaware Infantry, McCarren is credited with capturing a Confederate regimental battle flag during Pickett's Charge. (Submitted on September 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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