I Went in Search of Abandoned African-American Cemeteries — ProPublica


It’s impossible to see from the street, so you would never know it’s there.

To get to St. George Cemetery, especially its oldest section, you have to make your way past branches and thorns, across the weathered hills and over downed trees. Eventually, dozens of scattered headstones, some of them knocked over, come into view. And there, sitting upright, is the gravestone of William Chapman, an African-American veteran of the Civil War who died March 21, 1904.

The gravestone of William Chapman, an African-American veteran of the Civil War and one of the gravestones still standing in St. George Cemetery.
(Nick Schnelle for ProPublica Illinois)

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