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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Plateau Cemetery

Africatown Graveyard

 
 
Old Plateau Cemetery Africatown Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
1. Old Plateau Cemetery Africatown Graveyard Marker
Inscription. The Old Plateau Cemetery, known as the Africatown Graveyard, is the final resting place of enslaved Africans, African-Americans, and a Buffalo Soldier. The burial ground dates back to 1876, sixteen years after Africans arrived on the Clotilda which was one of the last documented slave ships to leave Africa for the Americas. The northern area of the graveyard is the older section where the remains of Clotilda survivors have been found through an archaeological preservation project directed by the College of William and Mary. The historic annals of Africatown are chiseled upon tombstones in this graveyard.
 
Erected 2010 by The African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile. (Marker Number 31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
 
Location. 30° 43.875′ N, 88° 3.593′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Bay Bridge Cutoff Road 0.1 miles north of Chin Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1959 Bay Bridge Cutoff Road, Mobile AL 36610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Baptist Church / Founders of Union Baptist Church
Old Plateau Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
2. Old Plateau Cemetery
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cudjoe “Kazoola” Lewis (about 300 feet away); Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gen. William C. Gorgas (approx. 1.9 miles away); Vernon Z. Crawford Law Firm (approx. 2.1 miles away); Christopher First Johnson House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Dunbar/Central High School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd / Founding Members (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. African American Heritage Trail website. (Submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Mobile Press Register article. Africatown project locates graves of ex-slaves who survived 1859 shipwreck. (Submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWaterways & Vessels
 
Remnants of slave ship Clotilde. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
3. Remnants of slave ship Clotilde.
Marker area with Union Missionary Baptist Church in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
4. Marker area with Union Missionary Baptist Church in background.
Old Plateau Cemetery sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
5. Old Plateau Cemetery sign
Cudjo Lewis (on right) image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
6. Cudjo Lewis (on right)
Last survivor of the Clotilde slave ship.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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