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Holy Rood Cemetery, A Sad Sight but Interesting History

by Prince Of Petworth August 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm 21 Comments

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I’ve often walked by this cemetery at 2016 Wisconsin Ave., NW but never checked it out until this last weekend. It is really in a sad state. Tombstones are toppled everywhere:

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A check on Wikipedia provides some interesting info:

“The cemetery was active from the mid-nineteenth century into the early twentieth century (although some burials took place as late as the 1990s), and as many as 1,000 free and enslaved African Americans are said to be interred here.

The cemetery has for some time now been owned by Georgetown University, which has long sought to remove the graves, remove the hill on which the cemetery sits, and develop the land.”

Do you think Georgetown should be able to develop this spot or should the historical significance be celebrated?

I found this tomb particularly moving:

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