The Beautiful, Forgotten and Moving Graves of New England’s Slaves

This photo project reveals the powerful history tucked into Rhode Island’s cemeteries.

A great article by Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins in Atlas Obscura describes and provides photographs of many interesting graveyards in New England. The autor writes:

“Most of New England’s colonial-era graveyards hold the bones of slaves. This is true not only of the urban graveyards of Boston and Newport, but also of the sleepy little cemeteries nestled among the clapboard churches and old stone walls in rural villages from Norwich, Connecticut to Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. Unlike the African Burial Ground in New York City, which was formed after black bodies were banned from Trinity Churchyard in 1697, most New England municipalities maintained unified burying places that segregated black and white graves within a shared boundary.


“So where to find these forgotten bits of history? The vast majority of slaves’ graves are unmarked, but a few have archetypical New England gravestones.”

You can find the article in the Atlas Obscura web site at

One Comment

How disappointing to find out that these weren’t graves that actually moved.


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