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A Community Effort - PersonS of Color Cemetery



The 1815 will of Irishman John Rogers, owner of the home that is currently 24 Broad Street, specified that one quarter acre of his land be "intended as a cemetery for the people of colour".  In 2016 this cemetery, with its 15 remaining headstones, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Community donations of both funds and voluntary time and labor have greatly enhanced The Persons of Color Cemetery located next to Rothermel Park. Most recently The Garden Club of Kinderhook has volunteered to provide annual plantings at the cemetery.  Private donations have resulted in the installation of wrought iron fencing sections and planters.  Oakwood Fencing donated historically correct fencing sections.  Kinderhook’s Department of Public Works has refurbished the fencing and installed the sections, mounted on surplus granite blocks.  Planters have been installed between fencing sections, each containing shrubs and flowering plants. These improvements are made possible by funding from local residents.

What an attractive and respectful addition to Kinderhook – all resulting from voluntary community effort.  Please visit. Enjoy.  Reflect.



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