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Mount Olive Cemetery - Wilmington, Delaware

and Relocated Historic African-American Cemeteries 

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History Maps Records Cemetery Stones and FAQs List of identified Burials
Mount Olive Cemetery is an historic African-American cemetery located near Wilmington, DE on Lancaster Avenue. The cemetery entrance is marked with a Historic Marker - from the Delaware State website.  Burials from several early African-American cemeteries in Wilmington were moved to Mount  Olive in the early 1900s. The first recorded burials in Mt Olive were in 1899. Many markers from the earlier St. Peters and 12th and French (Old Union) date from the early 1860s and have been transferred to Mt. Olive.

THE "BURIED" CEMETERIES
not recorded  -
possibly in the 'Affrican cemetery' out Front Street or French St.
1840s - 1871
(under churches on Lancaster Ave, near Pyle St)
African Union 
819 French St.
1818 - 1900
(Peter Spencer Plaza)
St. Peters
Front and Union
moved 1914
1861 - 1914
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
African Union
12th & French
1861 - 1900
(under former MBNA building)
Ezion
2nd/3rd and Union
moved 1918
1871 - 1908
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
Old Union
12th & French
1861 - 1900
(under former MBNA building)
Union (new Union)
Front / 3rd on Union
1863 - 1903
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
Mt. Olive
Lancaster Ave
first burial 1899
active
1899 - mid 1980s

(work in progress)
   RECORD NOTE: If you don't find your family member listed yet - :I haven't gotten to the record yet - The record might not be public (only records before 1961 are available) - There might not be a public burial record. Records for Mt. Zion (Lancaster Avenue at the Cannery) are not included in this collection.

2016 - Research has revealed three previously unindentified USCT residents - William Furrowh, Allen Anderson and Isaac Fisher.
7286 residents identified ( 1861 - 1917 )

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Vistors since 28 Jul 2012

Death records, census and newspaper clippings will help identify not only the persons with existing tombstones, but additional people buried here as well.

Existing markers photographed: 945. Burials identified - 6264 (St. Peters, 12th&French (Old Union), Union (Ezion & St. Peters - Front and Union, to 3rd and Pyles Lane) and Mount Olive.