On Tuesday Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board designated the Harold Avenue Cemetery in Wantagh as a landmark to protect a centuries-old African American burial ground.
The Jacksons, a sixth- and eighth-generation family living in Nassau County for more than 100 years, requested that the town's Landmarks Preservation Committee preserve the Harold Avenue Cemetery as a landmark burial ground.
The cemetery's roots can be traced to 1808, when Thomas Jackson, a white Revolutionary War veteran, sold 20 acres of land to freed African American Jeffrey Jackson. The land, on Old Mill Road between Lawrence Place and Harold Avenue, was used as a family homestead and a burial ground for descendants of the Jackson family.
Check out Joye Brown’s column on the Harold Avenue Cemetery here.