Monday, January 16, 2012

For MLK Day - The Locust Grove Cemetery

I was casting about for ideas for a post celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day when I remembered the Locust Grove Cemetery up on Queen St. here in Shippensburg. From its establishment in 1842 until the 1970s or so it was the only place an African-American could be buried in these parts. So I wandered up there this morning to get some atmospheric shots.

And here's one of Dr. King's favorite hymns sung by his favorite singer; it's often sung at African-American church funerals.

Photos © 2012 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. The LATE 20TH CENTURY? Argh grr argh.

  2. Yeah, even though this is PA, north of the Mason-Dixon line, there's a lot that's very backwoods southern about this place.

  3. There's something about the simple gravestones I find particularly compelling.

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