By Rebecca Martin
For years, I have been curious about an old and seemingly abandoned graveyard at the top of a ridge between Wilbur Avenue and South Wall Street. Today, I had the chance to visit the site.
It is one of two African American Burial Grounds in the city of Kingston (the other is on Pine Street in Midtown) and it felt eerily forgotten. The stones were in some sort of order at the entrance with American flags placed by those who were veterens of war. But as you moved deeper into the forest, the grave stones were strewn about, perhaps evidence of vandalism that took place some 90 years ago.
Today, very little is known of either site and very little is done to keep them in honorable condition (and in the case of Pine Street, there is a home built on top of it). I had the opportunity to speak to Kingston’s historian (at 93!) Ed Ford this afternoon about them, and I will return to South Wall with him in August to get an in-depth history.
It is only right that more is done to protect these sites.