Massive African-American Cemetery Discovered

(The Root) Archaeologists digging on the grounds of a Philadelphia playground have found evidence of a 200-year-old grave site that the Mother Bethel African Methodist Epicopal Church purchased in 1810 because Philadelphia cemeteries would not accept black people.

Among the estimated 3,000 laid to rest there were prominent African-American folk of that era, the Huffington Post reports:

Mother Bethel is the oldest African-American church in the country, researchers say. During the late 18th century, cemeteries within Philadelphia's city limits would not accept black people, which prompted the congregation to purchase the plot near Fourth and Queen streets.

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