Date of Award

Winter 12-2018

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

American Cultural Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM/MA)

Degree Type



Washington Park Cemetery (WPC) is an historically African American cemetery that has struggled to endure countless years of mistreatment and negligence. It is important to identify not only the cemetery itself as sacred, but also the legacies and stories of those who are laid to rest in the space. Provided is a comprehensive history of the once prominent African American cemetery that examines its origins, various controversies, and current physical state. Since the history of this cemetery has never been collected and compiled into a comprehensive document, this research serves as a historical tool that allows individuals to learn about the triumphs and hardships African Americans have experienced in life and death at WPC.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Denise Ward-Brown

Committee Members

Dr. Williams F. Tate Michael R. Allen


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