Welcome to Historic
Just After Dawn,
TIMELINE - a place
property for St. Peter's Cemetery purchased by Mother AUMP church
St. Peter's Cemetery moved to present location, Mount Olive
150th anniversary of the cemetery founding
100th anniversary of Mount Olive
of burials moved from St. Peter's
Cemetery at Bancroft Parkway and Lancaster Avenue)
(St. Peter's and Mount Olive)
Cemetery is an historic African-American
near Wilmington, DE on
Avenue. The cemetery entrance is marked with a Historic
Marker - from the Delaware State website.
the move from St. Peters to Mount Olive in the early 1900s,
the use of
death records, census and newspaper clippings will help identify not
only the persons with existing tombstones, but additional people buried
here as well.
Spring flowers, wild roses and wild raspberries grow throughout the
Many gravesites have roses lovingly planted by the headstones.
Please see our contacts
if you can assist with maintenance.
|Work in progess:
Dec 2013 -
Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who helped with the fall cleanup!
Digital images of existing stones are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 55 numbered stones, each marking up to 4 unidentfied burials; were photgraphed and gps. Research is on-going.
- Add gps + photos for family plot markers
- Research burial
records to identify residents with no stones. Completed through 1893!
- Research maps to determine locations
Early death records
don't always have a burial location. A transcript of the earliest
records is here
burial / death records
this survey include 'St. Peters', 'Front and Union', 'Mt. Olive',
Cemetery'. References to 'Col. Cemetery'; where other family members
are buried at Mount Olive or St. Peters are included. Some persons
identified by tombstones found in Mount Olive are actually listed in
the death records as 'internment at Mt. Zion'.
The earliest burial records do not indicate a burial location.
NOTE: Stones which were moved from St. Peters are sometimes in a WSW
orientation. Later stones are in an EW orientation, facing the dawn.
stones were photographed fall / winter / spring
The entrance to the cemetery is:
N39° 45'.379 W-075° 35'.863
All stones within the cemetery are:
N39° 45.xxx W-075° 35'.xxx
(note: my gps reads -075 as a positive number; on an absolute coordinate map the cemetery is -075 xxxx)
were able to find stones with ca. 7 ft accuracy on a clear day using a
hand-held GPS. Accuracy under the trees was about 10 ft.
GPS coordinates will be added to existing stones as available.
This information is
provided to help
family genealogists, historians and anyone with interest in Wilmington
communities and families.
Facing East from West Corner of Mount Olive
Vistors since 28 Jul 2012