Mount Zion Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)

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Mount Zion Cemetery
Mount Zion Cemetery (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Mount Zion Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)
Location 27th Street and Q Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′42″N 77°3′16″W / 38.91167°N 77.05444°W / 38.91167; -77.05444Coordinates: 38°54′42″N 77°3′16″W / 38.91167°N 77.05444°W / 38.91167; -77.05444
Area 3.1 acres (1.3 ha)
Built 1808
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75002050[1]
Added to NRHP August 6, 1975

Mount Zion Cemetery is a Freedman's cemetery, located at 27th Street and Q Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Georgetown neighborhood.[2]


In 1808 the Dumbarton Street Methodist Episcopal Church purchased the property. Mount Zion United Methodist Church leased for 99 years the east end of the Dumbarton Church Cemetery in 1879. The west end was purchased by the Female Union Band Society, for the burial of free blacks. Interments ceased in 1950.[3]

The Afro-American Bicentennial Corporation conducted an historical study of the Mt. Zion section of the cemetery. The cemetery became an Historical Landmark of the National Capital in 1975, and was placed on the National Register of Historical Places, on August 6, 1975.[4]

Restoration is underway, by Dumbarton Church as the owner, Mt. Zion, and the Society for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown.


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