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Underground Then as Now: Seeking Traces of the Underground Railroad in the Mount Gilead AME Church Cemetery

Author(s): Meagan Ratini

Year: 2015

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Mount Gilead AME Church in southeastern Pennsylvania formed the heart of a rural African American community throughout much of the 19th century. Oral history associates it with the Underground Railroad, but with little specificity. Since most of the church's congregation has dispersed over the past century, its extant cemetery is the main location where much of the church's history can be reconstructed. This study uses spatial, demographic, and GPR data from the cemetery as well as archival research to understand the makeup and history of the 19th-century community and to determine whether the cemetery itself can provide clearer connections to the Underground Railroad.


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Underground Then as Now: Seeking Traces of the Underground Railroad in the Mount Gilead AME Church Cemetery. Meagan Ratini. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434047)


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Temporal Keywords
1820s-1900


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 437

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America