USR AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERY

Rutgers and Newark High School Students

Science Preserves USR Heritage

Dr Alec Gates, Chairman of the Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark organized students from Rutgers and Newark High School to help preserve the gravesites of the African American Cemetery owned by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society.

The cemetery was in use between c.1775 and the early 1900’s.  While initially provided for African American slaves who worked for the Hopper Family, it became the burial site for those who remained in the Saddle River Valley after the complete NJ manumission in 1846.  Perhaps the last burial in the cemetery was Samuel Hopper who worked at the Abram Hopper Saw Mill just north of the present Creative Gardens.

The USR Historic Society is planning to remark the grave sites and create a display on the history of the cemetery as well as the contribution of  African Americans in the creation and development of the Upper Saddle River Valley.

MY9 News, NJ Channel 12, WMBC-TV, The Bergen Record, Star Ledger, and 88.1 Jazz Radio out of Newark covered the event.  The TV channels plan to broadcast their reports tonight, August 17.  They will also post their material on their websites.

USR African American Cemetery

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See Brenda Flanagan’s report on MY9 – http://www.my9tv.com/dpp/news/nj_videos/cemetery-radar-2011-08-17

See the report and video by the Bergen Record

http://bcove.me/4vhsdj42

 

 

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