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Mt. Auburn Cemetery, originally named
"The City of the Dead for Colored People"

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the oldest owned and operated African-American cemetery in Baltimore City.  This burial ground was founded in 1868 and the deed was signed by the Reverend James Peck, Pastor and the Trustees of Sharp Street Methodist Episcopal Church in 1872For a number of years it was the only cemetery in Baltimore City where African-Americans could be buried in dignity.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the continuation of a tradition begun in 1810.  The Reverend Peck and the Trustees of Sharp Street Church purchased land in Mount Winans to continue this tradition for members of the African American community.  The land was officially dedicated and named, "The City of the Dead for Colored People."  The name was changed to Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1894.  The Cemetery was incorporated January 4, 1982.  Today, Mount Auburn Cemetery exists as a monument to our history and heritage.  It is the resting place of Joseph Gains, first African-American light heavyweight boxing champion; Lillie Carroll Jackson, civil rights activist; William Ashbie Hawkins, first African-American to run for the United States Senate in Maryland; John Henry Murphy, founder of the Afro American Newspaper; freed slaves; and other persons from all walks of life.

Mount Auburn Cemetery was designated a Historic Landmark in Baltimore City in 1986 and an Historic Site in 2001 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Sunday, Closed

May 1st through October 1st:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Sunday, Closed

Volunteers Needed to Help Maintain the Grounds:

Please come join us:
    
Every Saturday morning during month of July.
     All other times:  
1st and 3rd Saturday mornings as we work to keep the cemetery clean.  All help is appreciated.  Come join us even if you are physically unable, your spirit and love is welcome.