This American city hosts the site of one of the oldest black graveyards from the 1800s


Many people across Philadelphia do not know they live on what is considered some of African American oldest burial grounds.

A map indicates skeletal remains of African-American individuals associated with the earliest free African-American Baptist congregation in Philadelphia.

Map from University Archives and Record Center

The gravesite, on which a car wash, Chestnut Wash ‘n’ Lube was built, also extends to property owned by the University of Pennsylvania.

Archaeological map recording the skeletal remains of 89 African-American individuals associated with the earliest free African-American Baptist congregation in Philadelphia. Photo: Philly Archeology

According to the Director of the University Archives and Record Center Mark Frazier Lloyd, the graveyard could have been closed in the…

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