Black America Web

A group of fourteen students from McDaniel College in Baltimore are working to uncover the past residents of a Frederick County African-American cemetery once owned by Wesley Church. The church is long gone, but the cemetery, which was desperately in need of restoration, is still in tact. The cemetery holds ancestors dating back to 1885 through 1975. They were residents of what was once called Libertytown.

By sifting flour on the gravestones, they have discovered former church members like Alfred B. Roberts, a sergeant of the U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War and Margaret E. Stanton, who died in 1886 at age three. Through research, the students found that most buried only had a 7th and 8th grade education. They look deeper into the lives of those laid to rest using Census information. One of the more difficult challenges are the deceased women, who were…

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