Preserving Cemeteries

We acknowledge and honor our African American forefathers and mothers by locating, documenting, restoring, and preserving African American cemeteries in Frederick County. These burial sites vary—from those found at African American churches, to small graveyards on private farms, to a handful of graves dug behind a private home. Our work includes:

  • Locating and documenting African American cemeteries throughout Frederick County.
  • Working with service groups and individual volunteers to organize cemetery cleanups.
  • Helping to provide regular maintenance of African American cemeteries in Frederick County.
  • Seeking funding to support the routine maintenance of these cemeteries.

Over the years we have uncovered and documented the existence of many African American cemeteries, including:

Church Cemeteries:

  • Mt. Olive Church, Parsonage Lane off Rte. 31
  • African ME Church, Wayman’s AME Church, Mt. Pleasant
  • Simpson ME Church of New Market
  • African ME Church at Petersville (Union Bethel AME Church)
  • Hope Hill Church, Park Mills Rd. south of Fingerboard Rd.
  • Keys Chapel ME Church, Oldfield
  • African ME Church of Knoxville, now Mt. Zion AME Church
  • Colored ME Church, Point of Rocks
  • Colored ME Church, Jefferson
  • John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, Libertytown
  • Mountville M.E Church (Sunnyside AME Church), Mountville
  • African ME Church (today St. Paul’s AME Church) with adjacent Della Church Cemetery, Ed Sears Rd.
  • Methodist Episcopal African Church of Middletown (Asbury)
  • Silver Hill ME Church, Mt. Pleasant
  • Ceres Bethel AME Church, Burkittsville
  • Dorsey’s Chapel Church, Lime Plant Rd. east of Rt 75
  • Ebenezer ME Church, Ijamsville/Centerville
  • Fountain Mills Methodist Cemetery, Rte. 75 south of Fingerboard Rd.
  • Lewistown Colored ME Church & Lewistown Colored Cemetery
  • Bell’s M.E. Church & Cemetery, Mt. Ephraim Rd north of Comus Rd.
  • Mt. Tabor Church & Cemetery, Mt. Zion Rd.

Cemeteries not associated with a Church:

  • Renner Burial Site, Catoctin Furnace (slave cemetery), Thurmont
  • Laboring Sons Cemetery, Frederick
  • Greenmount Cemetery, Frederick City (non existent*)
  • Fairview Cemetery, Frederick City
  • Lawson Cemetery, Libertytown
  • Jones Cemetery, Houck Rd., Union Bridge
  • Montevue Asylum Potter’s Field / Montevue Almshouse, Frederick
  • West Patrick Almshouse Potter’s Field (non existent*), Frederick
  • Kimmell Family Cemetery (possible slave cemetery), Old Annapolis Rd. east of Linganore HS
  • L’Hermitage** (slavehouse, but cemetery undocumented), Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Bartonsville Colored Cemetery

The Frederick Roots website provides details about these cemeteries.

AARCH partners with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and with other local churches and service organizations to schedule graveyard cleanups and maintenance projects. We continue to search for undocumented sites, to remember and honor our ancestors.

According to estimates, more than 5,000 slaves were buried in Frederick County prior to the end of the Civil War. To date, we have identified only one confirmed slave graveyard*** in Frederick County, located near Catoctin Furnace, south of Thurmont. We are committed to identifying others. AARCH welcomes any information about the potential location of slave graveyards (i.e., pre-Civil War) or other African American graveyards. Please contact us with any tips or leads, or if you wish to volunteer at a future cemetery cleanup.


  • *Graves have been relocated; cemetery no longer exists.
  • **The location of slave burials is yet to be documented.
  • ***Click to read more about a Slave Graveyard.