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LOST MARYLAND: Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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Published on May 27, 2012

Copyright 2012 Bigg Jim Jones / Sevenpointe Productions / Paranormal Research and Investigation Society of Maryland.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is a historic African American cemetery and national historic district in Baltimore, Maryland. 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.

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, and holds more than 55,000 interred.

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. 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.

The Paranormal Research and Investigation Society of Maryland is helping to bring awareness to the plight of Maryland's final resting places. If you would like more information on PRISMd.'s "Save Our Cemeteries" initiative, please visit the PRISMd. Facebook fan page, or our website:

http://www.prismd.net

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