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Re: Research Results?
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The cemetery where Mr. Pope is buried, Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on Staten Island is in receivership and at risk of being abandoned.

There is a meeting of plot owners and interested parties on Friday, November 14th to discuss its dire condition and fate.

Where: Cromwell Center, Staten Island New York
Location: Off Bay Street in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island
When: Friday, November 14 at 1 p.m.

Cromwell Center is located in the Tompkinsville section of S.I. which is a few blocks from the S.I. Ferry terminal.

This meeting is sponsored by: Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Staten
Island - F.A.C.S.I. can be reached by email ( or telephone (917.545.3309).
Recent article from the Staten Island Advance:

African-American burial ground in dire straits

Missing money has Frederick Douglass Memorial Park facing abandonment
Tuesday, October 07, 2008


"...There have been other notable burials there in the 73 years since Rodney Dade, a prominent funeral director from Harlem, opened the cemetery as a place where blacks could be buried with dignity.

Dade later was buried at the cemetery, as were Lucky Roberts, a blues composer; Mamie Smith, sister of singer Bessie Smith; the father of author James Baldwin, and Rose Henderson, a popular blues singer of the 1920s and 30s who recorded for Victor Records..."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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