Signage Approved for the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground in Kingston

Bill Forte shows off the the sign sponsored by the Veterans Association of Kingston. Photo Credit: Linda Archer

We are pleased to share this photograph of the new sign that will be placed at the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground on South Wall Street in Kingston.

That’s Bill Forte from the Veterans Association of Kingston at last nights Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, where it unanimously passed.

With the formation of a Black History Committee through the Kingston Land Trust and all of its new partnerships that include the AME Zion Church of Kingston, the Veterans Association of Kingston, Pointe of Praise Church, the Everett Hodge Center, Terri Gittens (who is the new coordinator of the committee), city and county Historians, residents and  others, this partially forgotten cemetery is now getting its due.

Already a historic landmark in the city of Kingston, an effort is underway for it (along with the AME Zion Church of Kingston with which it is affiliated) to be recognized by the State of New York in the same fashion.

Look for a re-dedication ceremony of this site and much more on the Black History Committee’s recent progress in 2011.

For more on the African-American Cemeteries in the city of Kingston, visit this LINK

The Kingston Land Trust’s Black History Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Kingston Land Trust offices, 280 Wall Street (2nd Floor) in Kingston, NY.

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