Retired man still working on documenting forgotten history of African Americans


FREDERICK, Md. – For the last three years, David Wallace has spent six days of the week here in the Maryland Room at the C. Burr Artz Library digging through dozens of reels of archived documents.

“I’m a ‘lister’ by nature. I love making lists about all kinds of things,” said Wallace.

After reading a book on the subject of burial sites in Frederick, he noticed not a single mention of any black resident.

Wallace has now listed more than 5,000 names of black residents in Frederick with published death and burial notices from the 1800s to the 1950s.

“I know from my own experience how interesting it is to know more about my own ancestors…There’s no difference between black and white in that respect,” Wallace said.

His database was recently printed and bound and has…

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