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The annual list of the state’s historic locations in greatest danger of being lost includes the century-old cemetery across from the Home Depot on the White Horse Pike, according to Preservation New Jersey.
Mount Peace Cemetery in neighboring Lawnside was founded in 1902 as a burial ground for African-Americans, according to Preservation New Jersey’s report.
Many of those interred were excluded from whites-only cemeteries or burial grounds that were affiliated with specific houses of worship. Mount Peace became a resting place for freed blacks, former slaves, at least 77 Civil War veterans including Congressional Medal of Honor winner John Lawson, as well as veterans of the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War.
The future of this treasure hinges on community support to continue the spirit of volunteerism that has, for the past 30 years, single-handedly celebrated and stewarded it. The Lawnside Historical Society and the Mount Peace Cemetery Association are making laudable strides, but they cannot do this alone. Preservation New Jersey applauds the hard work that is saving this rare intact reminder of how far our society has come, and urges broad community engagement to help local advocates truly secure this landmark’s future.