Mount Auburn Cemetery (Baltimore, Maryland)

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Mount Auburn Cemetery
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Mount Auburn Cemetery, December 2011
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Baltimore, Maryland) is located in Baltimore
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Baltimore, Maryland)
Location 2614 Annapolis Rd., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates 39°15′34″N 76°38′23″W / 39.25944°N 76.63972°W / 39.25944; -76.63972Coordinates: 39°15′34″N 76°38′23″W / 39.25944°N 76.63972°W / 39.25944; -76.63972
Area 34 acres (14 ha)
Built 1872
Architectural style Gothic, Classical Revival, et al.
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 01000456[1]
Added to NRHP September 7, 2001

Mount Auburn Cemetery is a historic African American cemetery and national historic district in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.[2] Overlooking the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River to the east, Baltimore's Downtown to the north and railroad tracks to the south, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is surrounded by the Cherry Hill, Westport, Mt. Winans and Lakeland communities.[3]

History[edit]

One of the most historic and largest African American cemeteries in Baltimore, Mt. Auburn Cemetery was formed in 1872, by the Reverend James Peck in protest to segregation against the White Methodist Church. Its grounds encompass 34 acres (140,000 m2) and holds more than 55,000 interred.[3]

Designated on the local and national historic registers, the cemetery was once known as "The City of the Dead for Colored People" since it was the only place a person of color could be buried. Once part of a farm, the land was given to the Methodist Church and assigned to the Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church to oversee its grounds.[3] Over the years the cemetery has been in total neglect with only a few of its front acreage remaining identifiable as a cemetery.

Mt. Auburn Cemetery holds the remains of some of Baltimore's and the nation's "movers and shakers" of the local civil rights movement. In addition to runaway slaves, the cemetery contains the remains ; the first African American ship chandler; clergymen; the first female funeral home director, Civil War and Civil Rights activists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, military veterans, founders of national fraternities’ and sororities’ and the ancestors of thousands of African-American families.

Mount Auburn Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]

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