Cemeteries and Memorial Parks
This collection is just a fraction of the burial sites dedicated to enslaved persons, "contrabands," and freed persons. Many of these cemeteries and memorial parks have suffered greatly over the years--some have been desecrated and destroyed while others have been long ignored and fallen into disrepair. The monuments and memorials in this collection are part of local efforts to restore and recognize the importance of black life in death, including the Freedman's Cemetery Memorial in Dallas, Texas, and the African Burying Ground Memorial in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Seth Freed Wesler, "Black Deaths Matter," The Nation, October 15, 2015, https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/black-deaths-matter/.