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BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN NJ: We Salute The Lamington Black Cemetery


By: Richard L. Smith 

The Lamington Black Cemetery is an African American cemetery in the Lamington section of Bedminster Township, New Jersey, located on Cowperthwaite Road. It is also known as the Cowperthwaite African American Cemetery, according to published reports in Wikipedia.

Click HERE for a LIST of grave markers and tombstones that are still present today.

According to an article published on October 11, 2001, by The New Jersey Hills Media Group: "A group of dignitaries including New Jersey's secretary of state, former governor, and a congressman gathered on a wooded hillock Sunday afternoon to celebrate the restoration of the cemetery and honor several Civil War soldiers who had been laid to rest there.

The re-dedication ceremony was attended by several descendants of two families whose names appear on the gravestones, the Lanes and Hurlings".

The cemetery is a contributing property of the Lamington Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1984.

"Historical records indicate that those buried in the cemetery, which belongs to the Lamington Presbyterian Church, were both slaves and freed blacks," according to the October 2011 report in **The New Jersey Hills Media Group**.

INFORMATION & IMAGE CREDIT: The New Jersey Hills Media Group, Wikipedia

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