“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glover Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Holy Rood Cemetery

Established 1832

Holy Rood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
1. Holy Rood Cemetery Marker
Originally known as the Upper Graveyard, Holy Rood Cemetery was established by Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 1832. In 1853, the cemetery was expanded, and in the years following the Civil War improvements were made. A house was added for the sexton, along with a vault, a new gate, a stone retaining wall, and an entrance along High Street, now Wisconsin Avenue. In 1866, the cemetery's name was changed to Holy Rood, taken from the Scottish haly ruid meaning Holy Cross. The cemetery was active until the end of the 20th century and contains approximately 7,000 graves. It is the oldest burial ground of free and enslaved Africans in the city. Of historic interest is the grave of Joseph Neitt (1753-1834), a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. His plot is located along the fence at the western edge of the cemetery. Georgetown University currently owns Holy Rood Cemetery.

Open 8 a.m. to dusk
Erected by Georgetown University.
Location. 38° 55.103′ N, 77° 4.206′ W. Marker is in Glover Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest north of 35th Street NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2128 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Holy Rood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
2. Holy Rood Cemetery
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Temple of Learning and Talent (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Georgetown Heights (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hilleary's Smiling Corner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas (approx. half a mile away); The Original Georgetown Reservoir (approx. half a mile away); The National War Memorial Shrine of the Russian Orthodox Church of America (approx. half a mile away); Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (approx. half a mile away); St. Vladimir Millennial Bell Tower (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glover Park.
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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