In a long forgotten cemetery, volunteers mark the graves of African Americans | News


MIDDLETOWN — The small, wooded patch of land atop a hill is home to a cemetery where black people were once buried.

On Saturday, a group of local preservationists and Shenandoah University students gathered there to identify graves marked with simple fieldstones.

The cemetery covers about an acre next to Interstate 81, but it’s only accessible from Catlett Lane. It was deeded a slave cemetery in 1801 by Middletown founder Peter Senseney. After the Civil War ended in 1865 and slaves were freed, the graveyard continued as a burial ground for African-Americans, with more of the graves marked with headstones. The last burial there was in 1954.

About a year ago, the Middletown Heritage…

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