Mount Zion-Female Union Band Society Cemetery
The Mount Zion Cemetery, formerly known as the Old Methodist Burial Ground, and adjacent Female Union Band Society Cemetery, are two of the oldest remaining African American cemeteries in Georgetown and greater Washington, DC. The Joint Committee on Landmarks designated the cemeteries as Category II landmarks of importance that contribute to the cultural and visual beauty of the District. They were officially listed in the National Register on August 6, 1975, in the Archeology-Historic and Social /Humanitarian categories with an 1809 – 1950 period of significance. Although found within the Georgetown Historic District, the cemeteries’ historical significance is sufficiently different to merit individual listings. The two sites’ historical importance date to the pre- and post – Civil War eras, including a connection with the Underground Railroad, as a physical reminder of the city’s African-descended culture. This aspect of cemeteries’ significance is also revealed through their association with local African American religious activism and the cooperative role of benevolent societies, both of which continue through the Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the trustees of the Female Union Band Society.