First Tour of African-American Burial Ground Sites a Success

Cemetery Maps From Pine Street in Kingston

Today, we took part in a special event. It is a new beginning of what will be a long journey in helping the AME Zion Church on Franklin Street (the oldest African-American Church in the city of Kingston) preserve a part of their precious history.

City of Kingston Historian Ed Ford met with residents, county historians, church members, college students and children, the VFW of Kingston and members of the Kingston Land Trust to learn more about the African- American Burial Grounds located on South Wall Street and Pine Street.

Several attempts to protect the African-American cemeterys have taken place over the past 20 years. Even so, there is still a great deal that is unknown at this time.

We’ll continue to provide documentation at the KLT website as the project unfolds. Today was audio taped in full, and shortly we will provide a link to it.

The Kingston Land Trust invites all interested parties who wish to join our effort in collaboration with the church and the African-American community to please contact Rebecca Martin at 845/877-LAND (5263) or

Joseph Forte of the VFW writes to the Kingston Common Council (circa 1987). Page 1

Joseph Forte Letter, Page 2

City of Kingston Historic Landmark Preservation Commission on 155-159 Pine Street

The youth from the Everett Hodge Center arrive to the African-American Burial Ground in elastic shackles. A disturbing site.

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