Historic Eden Cemetery

Historic Eden Cemetery, located in Collingdale, Delaware County, is a historic African American cemetery established in 1902. Spanning across 53 acres, it is the oldest existing black owned cemetery in the nation and the final resting place for thousands, some who even played important and prominent roles in American history.   The cemetery is a proud member of ASALH – the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, is part of the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Renowned abolitionists and civil rights figures interred here include:

  • William Still, abolitionist and author of the classic book “The Underground Railroad
  • John Pierre Burr, abolitionist and community leader in Philadelphia, a son of Aaron Burr
  • James Forten, African American abolitionist and businessman
  • Timothy Thomas Fortune, journalist, civil rights leader
  • Frances Harper, poet and abolitionist
  • Absalom Jones, African American abolitionist and clergyman
  • Octavius Valentine Catto, activist, scholar, Civil War military officer

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Special thanks to Keith Lockhart, Bob Seeley, Bill McDevitt, Harold Finnegan, Tom Smith, Karen Micha, Kate Clifford, Susan Mescanti, Carol Fireng, Leslie Potter, and Laurie Grant for sharing their knowledge, documents, articles, maps and photos with Visit Delco, PA.  Laurie Grant, Executive Director of the Delaware County Historical Society invites those seeking more information to visit their website. “Since 1895 DCHS remains true to its mission of Collecting, Protecting, and Preserving Delco history and tradition,” Laurie notes, “we also have a Museum Gallery, Research Library and Children’s Education Center.”