The Harmoneon/Columbian Harmony Cemetery is just one of at least five major African American burial grounds in Washington, DC, that were lost to development. Visit these sites below to learn more about its story, and about other historic African American cemeteries in Washington, DC.
Humanities Truck: What Lies Beneath: Documenting the History of Columbian Harmony Cemetery
The Columbian Harmony Society: A Brief History by Paul E. Sluby, Sr., and Stanton L. Wormley, Jr. Columbian Harmony Society, 1976
Washington Post: A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.
CBS News: Inside the search for tombstones from the Columbian Harmony Cemetery, where 37,000 Black D.C. residents were once buried
Washington Post: Learning History From Tombstones Of 19th Century
Washington Informer: Amid Repatriation of Displaced Headstones, Descendants Explore Family Histories
Sons and Daughters of Harmony Cemetery: Project Harmony Cemetery
DC Office of Planning: Gone But Not Forgotten: Cemeteries in the Nation’s Capital
Washington Post: Construction boon in D.C. leads to discoveries of old burial sites
The Georgetowner: 4 Skeletons Found on Q St.
The Hoya: Skeletons Discovered During Q St Basement Renovation Project
NPR: An African American Burial Site Could Be Hidden Beneath A Quiet Georgetown Street
American University: The Mystery of a Lost African American Burial Ground in Georgetown