Cemetery history marked

December 13, 1992

The Howard Chapel Cemetery received a marker Friday commemorating it as the burial ground of the original 1862 African-American community of Howard Chapel.

On hand for the ceremony were about 60 people from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which issued the marker, and descendants of families buried in the Patuxent River State Park cemetery.

"It's an aspect of heritage that's been overlooked," said George Hill, a DNR landscape architect. "We felt the need to commemorate it and make it a living piece of history."

Among the nearly 50 people buried in the cemetery are founders of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper.

At its height, the community of Howard Chapel encompassed 1,800 acres and was home to Montgomery County's first school for black children, Mr. Hill said.

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