"Colored Cemetery"

"Colored Cemetery" (HMFAK)

Location: Montgomery, NY 12549 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 30.299', W 74° 15.252'

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Not all who arrived in this "New World" came of their own free will. There were those brought in heavy iron shackles — victims of the cruel and inhumane institution known as slavery.

According to records, 236 slaves, and 17 free blacks and American Indians lived in the Town of Montgomery in 1790. Since then, the veil of time has obscured much of the information about them and this half acre of sacred ground. It is known, however, that the cemetery was established in the mid-18th century and most likely used for slaves owned by some of the original Palatine settlers. Within the boundaries of this historic site are more than 100 markers; two of which are known to be inscribed. One bears the date of 1756.

This cemetery is an important link to our past and an everlasting reminder of the contributions and sacrifices made by the souls interred here in the establishment of this nation and the Town of Montgomery. They helped to open what was once the American frontier. May this site always be respected and treated as hallowed ground.

Robert L. Williams - Town Historian, 1995

The restoration of this cemetery has been made possible through the generosity of many donors and the encouragement of the Montgomery Town Board.
Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Placed ByTown of Montgomery Historian
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 12:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 562241 N 4595085
Decimal Degrees41.50498333, -74.25420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.299', W 74° 15.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 17.9400" N, 74° 15' 15.1200" W
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Area Code(s)845
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Canning Rd, Montgomery NY 12549, US
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