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04/09/2010

Newburgh Colored Burial Ground, Orange County, New York

[photo]The Newburgh Colored Burial Ground is located on land which today forms the grounds of the City Courthouse in Newburgh, New York. Recent excavation work and mapping of the cemetery has helped in large measure to establish its boundaries and reveal over 100 graves, but the possibility remains that additional graves are located beneath what is today Robinson Avenue. It is known that village of Newburgh sustained a modest free black community in the mid-19th century and that the cemetery was actively used c. 1832 to c. 1867, a time when this area remained somewhat isolated from development. Further archeological study of the cemetery will help reveal more of the history of the free black community in that area.

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