In celebration of Black History Month 2018, Radio One Detroit is highlighting Detroit landmarks that have had an impact on black history!
Recognizing a cemetery may seem a little weird or even scary to some. However, the Elmwood Cemetery has a major role in the history of African-Americans.
Elmwood is the oldest non-denominational, continuously operating cemetery in Michigan. It is also the resting place for many famous women and men. It even has a special area designated for people who fought in the Civil War.
The cemetery is the resting place for abolitionists like William Lambert. Lambert moved to Detroit in 1840 from New Jersey. Lambert is responsible for founding the first civil rights organization in Michigan, The Colored Vigilant Committee, and worked to provide public education to African-American children in Detroit.
More information on Lambert and the history of Elmwood can be found on blackpast.org, detroithistorical.org, and elmwoodhistoriccemetery.org