The Friends of the

African Union Church Cemetery


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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

Our monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Delaware City has been CANCELLED due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.


Keep watching this space to see if we reschedule.


Our 2020 newsletter is online!

Fall Fest 2019!

We are having our second Fall Fest and Members' Event October 5 2019 in Delaware City.

Voices from the Past

Willis Phelps and Laura Lee are presenting Voices from the Past at the Pencader Heritage Museum on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm. This program is open to the public.


Our 2019 newsletter is online!


Our 2018 newsletter is online!

Historic Marker Dedication

The Delaware Public Archives is installing a new historic marker at the cemetery on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the cemetery.
Join us there for the unveiling.


The cemetery in late winter