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Wantagh's Harold Ave. Cemetery named landmark

12/01/07-WANTAGH-- Danice S. Evans-Sheppard poses next the historical

12/01/07-WANTAGH-- Danice S. Evans-Sheppard poses next the historical Harold Avenue Cemetery on Saturday, December 1, 2007 in Wantagh with the photo of her great great grandfather, Henry Titus Jackson, who was laid to rest at the Harold Avenue Cemetery. Evans and other residents whose homes border the cemetery have launched a campaign to get the site land marked designation since the cemetery is in danger of being developed. (Newsday/Ana P. Gutierrez) Credit: Newsday/Newsday/Ana P. Gutierrez

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.

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