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The Union Burial Society of Georgetown Cemetery was founded in 1868. The cemetery served as a small burial ground for the immediate African American community of St. Phillips Hill, now better known as the area around Battery Kemble Park. It also served others in the District of Columbia and nearby Maryland. Records show it had ties to Ebenezer AME Church on Capitol Hill as well as the Georgetown churches Mount Zion AME and First Baptist. The original five acres that front on Chain Bridge Road were deeded by the U.S. Government to freedmen. The last burial took place in 1966, and the burial ground is privately owned and maintained by descendants of the original association members. It is open to the public each Memorial Day.


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