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African-American Church's Burial Ground Under This Playground

Mother Bethel's old burial sites are under a glayground, unmarked, says an article in the 5/20/13 Philadelphia Inquirer, starting at p. A1. The rest of the information herein is from the article.

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Location: Weccacoe Playground , 410 Catherine St. , Surrounded by Queen, Lawrence, Catherine & Leigthgow Sts. , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Cemeteries, Graves, Burial Grounds, Churches, Cathedrals, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples, Controversies, History, Parks, Preservation / Protection Needed, Solemn Cyber Plaques
Created Date: 06-24-2018

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Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : The Philadelphia Historical Commission added this site to its historical registry on 6/14/13.
Date : 2013-07-12

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : A village of dead, and subtitled, Under playground, African American cemetery has remains of at least 5,000. It is authored by Stephan Salisbury.
Date : 2013-11-11

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : The Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, an activist group, has vowed to fight allowing the cemetery to coexist with the playground, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/6/13, at p. B8.
Date : 2013-12-08

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : Yesterdays Philadelphia Inquirer, at p. A2, had a lengthy article on this burial ground. There is a problem with sinkholes and cave-ins, it said. It also said that there is a 180-year-old water main running beneath Queen Street past the cemetery at Lawrence Street, which would cause a big problem if it ruptured. (I used to hear that there were still some wooden water mains in Philly, but I dont know whether that is still true.)
Date : 2014-02-21