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ISSUE 08 - 2021

The eighth issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about the importance of oral history in understanding how people lived in Polktown. Plus, how can historical newspapers add to our understanding of "the old days"? And, once again, for your reading pleasure, the President's Letter by Craig O'Donnell. 


ISSUE 07 - 2020

The seventh issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about the history of Polktown as we follow Shadrach Boyer's family through census records. Plus an article about the Green Book, the travel guide for African Americans in the mid-20th-century. And of course the much-heralded President's Letter by Craig O'Donnell. 


ISSUE 06 - 2019

The sixth issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about the history of Polktown - the community of free African Americans who created our cemetery, built a church there, and lived their lives just south of Delaware City. Plus an interview with Willis Phelps, our past-president and master storyteller. And of course the much-imitated but never-equaled President's Letter by Wes Jones. 


ISSUE 05 - 2018

The fifth issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about the connections we have made with a living descendent of James Elbert, one of the USCT soldiers buried in the cemetery. You can read a review of Poketown People, an early 20th century book (fiction? non-fiction? maybe a little of both?) about the residents of Polktown. And of course the always-popular President's Letter by Willis Phelps. 


ISSUE 04 - 2017

The fourth issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about our dedication and grand opening last year, check out some photos showing the restoration process, learn about the history of Cranberry (the local name for the area surrounding Polktown), and learn about Voices from the Past, our traveling education program. 


ISSUE 03 - 2016

The third issue of Epitaph is available now. Read a story about headstones of United States Colored Troops found in cemeteries in our area, check up on the progress of the Delaware City Branch Canal Trail, and learn about a program that Dr. David Orr presented in Dublin this past summer. 


ISSUE 02 - 2015

The second issue of Epitaph is available now. Read a story of James Elbert, check up on the progress of the Delaware City Branch Canal Trail, and see the progress we have made.


ISSUE 01 - 2014

The first issue of Epitaph is available now. Read about the history of the cemetery, our plans, and the progress we have made.



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