Hopper Slave Cemetery
In New Jersey, United States
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I thought this would be an interesting cache site given the results of the 2008 presidential election. Known as the Hopper Slave Cemetery, it’s a small hidden cemetery off of Route 202 S in Mahwah, NJ (Property owned by Ramapo State College). Annually, on Black Solidarity Day (the Monday before Election Day), the Black Student Union lead Ramapo College students of color in a silent march to the cemetery to remind everyone of the strength and political power of the black community. See the following video clip link (visit link)
The following headstone markings were noted:
Harrison, George, no dates, age: 3y, s/o York & Jane Harrison
Harrison, Hannah, no dates, age: 10y, d/o York & Jane Harrison
Harrison, Joseph, d. Jun 1850, age: 41y
Harrison, Mary, no dates, age: 2y, d/o York & Jane Harrison
Jennings, Samuel, no dates
You should also check out the Hopper Cemetery which is visible from Route 202 near the Slave Cemetery. Headstone markings date back to the late 1700’s with several early influential families including Henry B. Hagerman whose descendant was one of Mahwah’s postmasters in the late 1800’s.
Another historical cemetery is Pond Cemetery on Route 202 S in Oakland, NJ (south of Spruce St). This cemetery is owned and operated by The Ponds Reformed Church. The cemetery which has burials dating back to 1780, contains the families of many of Oakland’s earlier settlers. The following site lists some of these names (visit link)
PLEASE NOTE: CACHE IS NOT LOCATED WITHIN THE CEMETERY OR THE STONE WALLS THAT SURROUND THE CEMETERY SO DON'T DISTURB ANYTHING WITHIN THE CEMETERY SITE. PLEASE REPLACE CACHE EXACTLY AS FOUND.
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Last Updated: on 7/7/2014 8:23:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time (3:23 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum