Gethsemane Cemetery is located on an acre on a sandy hill just off
Route 46 and Liberty Street. The photo above is a view of the
cemetery's entrance on Summit Place.
The site was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 "because of the significant role it played in the enactment of New Jersey’s early civil rights legislation, as well as containing evidence of West African burial customs," according to the Bergen County Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
The county has been doing a major restoration of the cemetery, and it
is currently closed to the public. Self-guided tours will be available
when the work is completed.
"They include Elizabeth Sutliff Dulfer who was born a slave
the late 1700s, freed in 1822, and died in 1880. She was one of the area's wealthiest businesswomen and landholders. [Dulfer
owned clay beds that supplied clay to potteries from Philadelphia to
Boston. Her clay company along the Hackensack River was said to be the
second-largest in the nation.]
"Two Civil War veterans, Peter Billings and Silas M. Carpenter, were also buried here."
More on the cemetery here.
Click "Continue reading ..." to learn more about the cemetery's role in early civil-rights legislation.