Eden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania)

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Eden Cemetery
Octavius Catto grave.jpg
O. V. Catto grave marker, October 2007
Established 1902
Location 1434 Springfield Rd., Collingdale, Pennsylvania
Country United States
Type private
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Eden Cemetery
Eden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Eden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania)
Eden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania) is located in the US
Eden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania)
Coordinates 39°55′20″N 75°16′24″W / 39.92222°N 75.27333°W / 39.92222; -75.27333Coordinates: 39°55′20″N 75°16′24″W / 39.92222°N 75.27333°W / 39.92222; -75.27333
NRHP Reference # 10001031[1]
Added to NRHP December 13, 2010

Eden Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery located in Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

The oldest African-American-owned cemetery in the United States, it was established June 20, 1902. When other black cemeteries in Philadelphia were condemned by the city in the early 20th century, including the Olive Graveyard, Lebanon Graveyard, and Stephen Smith Home Burial Ground, the bodies were re-interred at Eden. The cemetery is still in operation.

In July 2008, vandals toppled over 200 headstones in the cemetery, including that of Octavius Valentine Catto.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[1]

Notable interments[edit]


  • Thomas H. Keels, Philadelphia Graveyards & Cemeteries, 2003, Arcadia Publishing, Philadelphia, ISBN 0-7385-1229-X


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