AARCH: African American Resources - Cultural and Heritage
The AARCH Society is a community organization formed in 2001 to identify, collect, preserve, exhibit, and disseminate the history and culture of African Americans in Frederick County, with a goal of providing an understanding of how the past shapes and enriches the present and the future for all citizens.
African American Cemeteries Project:
The AARCH Cemetery Committee has begun a multi-year project to clean up the over three dozen African American cemeteries in the County. To that end, each cemetery has been evaluated as to restoration needs. AARCH is now partnering with local church and service organizations to schedule cleanup days (one in the Fall, one in Spring) to restore two of these cemeteries each year.
AARCH is also seeking information on any pre-Civil War, slave graveyards located in the County. It is estimated that over 5,000 slaves were buried in Frederick County prior to the end of the Civil War. To doate, however, we know of only one confirmed slave graveyard (Catoctin Furnace south of Thurmont), accounting for only a small fraction of those burials. If you have any information about the location of a possible pre-Civil War, slave graveyard, please contact us. (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
See "What is a Slave Graveyard?" article on the Research page
** AARCH is a non-profit (501c3), tax-exempt organization.
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