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Join us October 21 at 1pm for an "Afternoon of Service"
10/04/2023

Join us October 21 at 1pm for an "Afternoon of Service"

Join us Saturday, October 21   Honoring Ancestors and Preserving History in Georgetown   Thank You for Supporting Our Preservation Efforts We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of suppo

The Ancestors made it above the fold in the New York Times!!
09/30/2023

The Ancestors made it above the fold in the New York Times!!

Tuesday I noticed Mrs. Amanda Estes had a momento left by her 3x great great great granddaughter. She wrote her thanks a...
09/28/2023

Tuesday I noticed Mrs. Amanda Estes had a momento left by her 3x great great great granddaughter. She wrote her thanks and reminded those reading it that she was an emancipated teen who left North Carolina to settle in Georgetown Washington DC. If you are Mrs. Estes descendant please contact us. We want to add as much to her story as we can in our online database-- blackgeorgetown.info

2023

In Memory and Honor of Amanda Love Estes. Thank you for migrating North after Emancipation. You were the light that lit the way.
Love your
great, great, 3x Grandaughter

(Amanda was born and enslaved in North Carolina)

14 "slave" value $1137 in 1863

Today's New York Times highlights the work at 3 Black cemeteries across the country, including us.!Check out the link in...
09/27/2023

Today's New York Times highlights the work at 3 Black cemeteries across the country, including us.!

Check out the link in the bio


These two wooden grave markers are from the Mount Zion Cemetery, DCs oldest Black cemetery, established in 1808. Wooden ...
09/05/2023

These two wooden grave markers are from the Mount Zion Cemetery, DCs oldest Black cemetery, established in 1808. Wooden markers were used to identify loved ones in the cemetery. The interred could have been either enslaved or free Blacks.

Sorry I didn't post yesterday as an honor to those who provided free labor to build the Federal city and the economic infrastructure of the United States yet they nor their descendants enjoy the benefits of the wealth they created.

The wooden markers have what looks like paint on one and an etching on the other. Maybe there's technology out there to help us figure out what it said??

They are housed in DCs oldest Black church Mount Zion United Methodist Church

Supporting Georgetown University student organization Black Perspectives on Public PolicyJoin them Friday, September 1st...
08/31/2023

Supporting Georgetown University student organization
Black Perspectives on Public Policy

Join them Friday, September 1st, at 3pm for a libation ceremony to honor the ancestors beneath their feet, followed by a lecture from Howard University Professor of Africana Studies, Joshua Myers.

RSVP at t.ly/coCyt link also in bio

08/22/2023

It so happened that the day I was writing the grave post for Mount Zion Cemetery and Female Union Band Cemetery, the historically Black cemeteries in DC, there was a horrific story about someone setting the toys people had left around the gravestone of a small girl on fire. Really, what the hell is....

07/24/2023
07/18/2023

A fire destroyed the toys left for a girl in a historical Black cemetery. In recent days, strangers have brought her new ones, and gone beyond that.

Reflecting on our accomplishments... this was filmed in 2019
07/17/2023

Reflecting on our accomplishments... this was filmed in 2019

Mt Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries are the oldest Black Cemeteries in Washington DC active from 1808 - 1950s

THANK YOU  to the teens from the Catholic Heart Work Camp  and our super volunteer Patrick Tisdale for making the cemete...
06/29/2023

THANK YOU to the teens from the Catholic Heart Work Camp and our super volunteer Patrick Tisdale for making the cemeteries safer by installing a wood railing that leads to the burial holding vault. Not only were bodies stored here waiting for burial but we also know freem seekers hid here and used it as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Next up the other side...

Also, SPECIAL, thank you to DC Colonial DAMES for your donations that helped make this possible ♥️🙏🏽

06/26/2023

The following message is from Lisa Fager, Executive Director of Black Georgetown Foundation:

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06/23/2023

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Before-and-after photos of Nannie’s headstone site were featured prominently on the Black Georgetown Foundation’s Instagram site, along with The

06/22/2023

Items at the gravesite of a child were found burned at a historic Black cemetery in Georgetown. News4’s Derrick Ward reports.

06/20/2023

“The last black Waters in Georgetown. in 📷 Photo Essay by Photo 1: Neville Waters last Afro American over 6 generations still living in an exclusive white neighborhood in DC.”

Join us Saturday,  June 17th for the Human Family "Faith in Peace" concert in observance of Juneteenth.
06/14/2023

Join us Saturday, June 17th for the Human Family "Faith in Peace" concert in observance of Juneteenth.

The Concert for the Human Family (CFHF) of the US Episcopal Church and Light4America are delighted to announce the second ever “Faith In Peace” Concert on Sa...

We got the grant!! God is good!
06/13/2023

We got the grant!! God is good!

02/23/2023

Hello Neighbors, The Mt Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries are 215 years old this year and it would be great if Neighbors like...

02/17/2023

Get your FREE tickets on Eventbrite!

We are so lucky to have Patrick Tisdale on our team because he has done so much for the ancestors and while I'm getting ...
02/08/2023

We are so lucky to have Patrick Tisdale on our team because he has done so much for the ancestors and while I'm getting set-up in my new reality he's really taken a lead on a lot and didn't let our projects stop. Including ANNOUNCING our first phase of the Cemetery Information System (CIS)!!!

The CIS provides insightful biographical information, death and burial details, portraits, original documents images, memorial images, and inscriptions for over 4,000 persons interred in the historic Methodist Episcopal, Mount Zion, and Female Union Band cemeteries. Interred are white church members, Black people who were born and died enslaved, many who were enslaved and died free, and those born free living under harsh conditions of segregation.

Experience the value of the CIS and learn history by searching for and viewing the biographies of Dr. Colin B. Crusor Jr., Grace Duckett, (Benjamin) Franklin Jennings, Hezekiah Turner, William Doughty, Henrietta Douglas Crusy and family, Reverend Joseph Cartwright, Capt. William A. Eliason, Amanda Love Estes, and other people buried in these sacred grounds.

​Discover the Black teachers, businessmen, doctors, pastors, bakers, printers, barbers, cart drivers, masons, seamstresses, cigar makers, musicians, and military service members living in historic Georgetown and Washington DC’s integrated yet segregated community.

​We dedicate our database to the MEMORY AND HONOR - PAUL EDWARD. SLUBY SR., ESQ. C.G. (deceased March 27, 2019)
A retired District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Officer, Mr. Sluby was a renowned certified genealogist, legal researcher, and historian. His extensive research of Mount Zion United Methodist Church (Georgetown, Washington, DC), records, interviews with Church members, and analysis of District of Columbia Health Officer files produced the first comprehensive documentation of persons buried in the historic Mount Zion Cemetery. Mr. Sluby’s research was the basis of the Foundation’s Cemeteries Information System database.

www.blackgeorgetown.info

01/18/2023

We remember these words in honor of the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

https://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/index.php/features/a-sentimental-journey #.Y7h6GnBkLqZ.linkedinRecent...
01/06/2023

https://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/index.php/features/a-sentimental-journey #.Y7h6GnBkLqZ.linkedin

Recently, Fager invited the public to a wreath-laying by the Colonial Dames, DC Chapter, whose holiday wreath sales benefit the cemeteries. She also offered a tour to introduce attendees to some of the cemeteries’ “residents.”

The Independent is an important voice in the community of readers and writers dedicated to book reviews and writing about the world of books.

01/06/2023

CARRBORO (AP) — The graves are marked only with fieldstone.

01/03/2023

Relating to Monticello; Science of generational trauma; uncovering Roanoke’s Black history

01/01/2023

On this day in 1863 President Lincoln signed a manifesto declaring anyone held as a slave within the rebellious states be free.

12/19/2022

60 Minutes Investigates Paved-Over Black Cemeteries in Clearwater, Florida… But, They’re Everywhere On Nov 28, 2022, 60 Minutes aired the ongoing investigations and community conversations around the destruction of an entire city’s black cemeteries. As you may know, the practice … Continue r...

12/18/2022

On this day in 1865 the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was officially proclaimed. The Amendment states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This Photo of the Week shows Congress’s initial proposition for the Amendment from January 31, 1865 which would become ratified on December 6th later that same year.

Photo 1: The House Joint Resolution proposing the 13th amendment to the Constitution, January 31, 1865 (National Archives).

12/16/2022

Tracing its existence to a cooper’s shop in December 1772, Dumbarton United Methodist Church has weathered church divides and the U.S. Civil War. Now committed to anti-racism work, Dumbarton has used its 250th anniversary as an opportunity to explore its past in order to move forward to a more faithful future. Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church has the story. https://www.bwcumc.org/news-and-views/dumbarton-umc-looking-backward-to-live-forward/

Thank you Mrs Ellen Prentiss Campbell for joining us on Saturday with DC Colonial DAMES  and writing about it. I'm alway...
12/16/2022

Thank you Mrs Ellen Prentiss Campbell for joining us on Saturday with DC Colonial DAMES and writing about it. I'm always curious how people find themselves here. Thank you for capturing the moment and the spirit the cemeteries bring to the living ❤️

Thank you also for your donation 🙏🏽

The Independent is an important voice in the community of readers and writers dedicated to book reviews and writing about the world of books.

This is Ed Jones, Duke Ellington High School Alum '78.  He is pointing to his 15 year old self in the photo  where he is...
12/14/2022

This is Ed Jones, Duke Ellington High School Alum '78. He is pointing to his 15 year old self in the photo where he is helping to clear the cemeteries of crazy overgrown weeds and trees. He said you couldn't even walk in here.

He joined us Saturday during the DC Colonial DAMES wreath, laying to honor the ancestors and fundraiser for cemeteries. Ed has come back to help the cemeteries every 20 yrs since he was 15 yrs old, and now he's retired!! We look forward to seeing him a lot more. I also can't wait to hear about any info he remembers from 1975.

Is there any more Duke Ellington HS alum out there in the pic??

Please tag them!

12/14/2022

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closure of St. Peter Claver, along with three other churches, on Monday.

12/08/2022

Help us serve on Christmas Eve! We are looking for volunteers to serve Christmas dinner to our unhoused neighbors, at Mt. Zion UMC.

December 24 at 4:30 PM

Thank you to Mary Beth Corrigan, archivist at the Georgetown University slave archives for the exhibit curatored to help...
12/07/2022

Thank you to Mary Beth Corrigan, archivist at the Georgetown University slave archives for the exhibit curatored to help us understand the truth and how Slavery worked among the Jesuits.

The cruel and horrors of slavery were enough to make the "Godly" rationalize it...history really matters. It something to see THE documents with written names. No last names just given first name and plantation. Right there with livestock yet one document I somehow to enthralled by his words didn't take a pic. A letter written in the late 1700s or early 1800s by enslaved man to his enslaver a Jesuit priest, he made the argument for his freedom, why and he offered to pay him. It was written so eloquently.

The whole story matters!!



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As the Jesuits planned the sale of the people enslaved by them, they compiled this list showing 272 enslaved residents of White Marsh, St. Thomas Manor, Newtown, and St. Inigoes. They then added notes indicating who ran away, died, or was "married off." The Georgetown Memory Project has established that approximately 310 people were ultimately included in the sale.

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12/02/2022

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In the 1950s, in Clearwater, Florida, Black cemeteries were supposed to be relocated for various development projects. But many graves were never relocated a...

11/11/2022
11/11/2022

We are delighted to be working with Mt. Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park to create a cutting-edge information system that will help to reconstruct the lives and map the workplaces and residences of members of the historic Georgetown African American community as well document their final resting places.

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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.


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