Historic African American cemeteries in Burlington County date to at least the 1820s. Historic cemeteries are important repositories of history, genealogy, and culture, in addition to memorializing the deceased. There are many lessons to be learned from records related to cemeteries. These include lessons about individuals and their families, as well as about the communities where they are located. In 2020, our focus is the Timbuctoo Cemetery and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Contributions to this effort help with restoration and build awareness of history that is not widely appreciated. More specifically:
In addition to the above, we will conduct an inventory to identify all the other historically African American cemeteries in the county, at least one of which is in an obscure location that has no substantial African American population today.
1. Weston, Guy "Timbuctoo: A Free African American Community in New Jersey" AAHGS Newsletter November December 2017.
2. Chadwick, William and Leach, Peter. (2009). Geophysical Survey of Timbuctoo, NJ. West
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3. Burlington County, New Jersey, Deeds, E:256, Peter V. Coppuck to David Parker, Noble L. Johns, Adam Gibson, Jacob Colwell, James Pinion, Richard Christy, and William Chase , 17 December 1854; Burlington County Clerk’s Oﬃce, Mount Holly
4. Lyght, Ernest Path of Freedom: The Black Presence in New Jersey’s Burlington County 1659-1900 (Cherry Hill. E & E Publishing House, 1978),
5. Burlington County, New Jersey, Deeds, T2: 64-66, Larner Waterman and wife to Perry Gibson, Wardell Parker, and others, March 15, 1826; Burlington County Clerk’s Oﬃce, Mount Holly