The Town of Huntington recently unveiled a new interpretive marker at the Old Burying Ground on Main Street, one of the most historic and sacred sites in the town, officials said.
Supervisor Frank Petrone and members of the Town Council were joined by representatives from the town’s African-American Historic Designation Council and Historic Preservation Commission and the Huntington Historical Society at the unveiling.
The Old Burying Ground is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a locally designated historic landmark within the Old Town Hall Historic District, town officials said.
Over the course of 300 years, from the first European settlement of the town in the mid-seventeenth century until 1957, as many as 6,000 to 8,000 people may have been buried there. Only 1,250 markers remain, officials said.
The marker describes the history of the Old Burying Ground and includes a section entitled, “The African American Connection.”
Pictured above: The Old Burial Hill Cemetery, off Main Street in Huntington behind the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial building, is the oldest public cemetery in Huntington and was probably established soon after the town's founding in 1653, according to "Portrait of a Small Town II," a book on the history of Huntington. (Feb. 7, 2012)