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About the Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery

Right here in Delaware City lies an unheralded bit of American history – an unmarked cemetery containing the remains of generations of African-American people from our area. This cemetery is the burial place of 5 members of the US Colored Troops who served bravely on the side of the Union in the Civil War.

The Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery was founded in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve and teach about this cemetery.

It is our mission to restore this cemetery, owned by the Mt. Salem Union AME church, and to tell the story of the mostly forgotten people who lived, died, and were buried there.

Join us to learn about the proposed trail and planned restoration of this cemetery.

News and Notes...

Monthly Meeting

We are having a monthly meeting on Thursday,
January 21 2016 at the Delaware City Library.

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Progress at the Cemetery!

Construction of the fence and brick pavers is underway. Some of the board members visited the site on January 17th to check the progress.

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Want to learn more about the cemetery?
We have a program!

We have developed an educational program about the cemetery and the people buried here. See our program page for details and how to sign up.

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Updated Photos

We've added some photos of the construction at the cemetery. See the ground-clearing, Branch Canal Trail construction, and the cemetery after the sod was laid.

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Delaware City Day

We had a booth at the 2015 Delaware City Day.  the weather was hot but we kept cool under our tent and talked with nearly everyone who came by. Check out the photos.

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Our Newsletter, Epitaph

 The second issue of our newsletter, Epitaph, is online! Check it out to learn about us, the cemetery, and our plans.

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First State Mayor's Charity Ball

 Join in the fun at the 3rd Annual Mayor's Charity Ball in Delaware City on March 8, 2014.

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Delaware City Days

We had a booth last July at the annual Delaware City Days celebration.

A lot of our friends stopped by to say hello, and we made a few new ones also.  We showed off our design for the cemetery renovations. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and we'll be back for Delaware City Days in 2014.

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“Fund Raiser Event”

We had our first Fund Raiser Event on
April 19, 2012
at Crabby Dick's Restaurant in Delaware City.

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“Friend Raiser Event”
We had our first Friends Raiser Event on
March 17, 2012 in Delaware City.

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Join Us!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING the Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery, please contact us to receive membership information.


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Gravestone of James Elbert


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