Laurel Cemetery, just opposite Clifton Park Golf Course on Belair Road, was once the final resting place for thousands of Baltimore’s African American citizens, including Civil War veterans. Many of these individuals were quite prominent, including lawyer and civil rights leader, Pauli Murray, Lillie Carroll Jackson, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne, Cab Calloway, and many others. The history of its demise and the relocation of only a fraction of its sacred remains (possibly only about several hundred), as far away as Carroll County, is the subject of a research project spearheaded by Elgin Klugh, Ph.D., Coppin State University.
A symposium was held this past June at Coppin to present the group’s findings and to prompt discussion and planning. A panel of composed of historians, community members and The Laurel Cemetery Memorial Task Force, came together “to outline a strategy for respectfully memorializing the site.”
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