Sunday, June 14, 2015

Slave Cemetery in New Jersey

Published the 29th of September in 1934 in the National Labor Tribune out of Pittsburgh, PA
To Restore First Slave Cemetery in New Jersey
Mays Landing, N.J. – Historical societies plan to clear the debris form historical Shore Road cemetery, the first slave burying ground in New Jersey. The only identification now on the grounds is a plain marble slab bearing the inscription “Angelina Taylor, died September 5, 1833, aged eight-three years.” Historical writings frequently referred to the cemetery, which marked the first foothold of slavery in the state.

A high percentage of Quakers among the early settlers in this vicinity prevented great numbers of slaves at any times. At one time there were 12,000 slaves in the state, however, mostly in the northern portion.