African American Heritage Trail – Credits & Acknowledgements

February 1, 2013


Mount Auburn Cemetery is grateful to the following individuals and families who so generously shared their knowledge and insights about African Americans buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. The Cemetery wishes to thank Lorenz Finison, Stephen Kendrick, Clark Kimberling, Ryan McNabb, Sydney Nathans, Marilyn Richardson, Horace Sheldon, Manisha Sinha, and the families of Myrtle Hart and Katherine Knox.

About the Author:

Melissa Banta is Consulting Curator in the Historical Collections Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery. She explores the history of Mount Auburn through the Cemetery’s collections of correspondence, photographs, prints, maps, and fine arts. Her essays are featured on Mount Auburn’s website and in Sweet Auburn Magazine. At Harvard University, Ms. Banta has curated exhibitions and authored publications drawing from photograph, print, and archival collections within the University’s museums and libraries. Her publications include: From Site to Sight: Anthropology, Photography, and the Power of Imagery; A Timely Encounter: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Japan; The Invention of Photography and Its Impact on Learning; and A Curious and Ingenious Art: Reflections on Daguerreotypes at Harvard.


This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, made possible by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mount Auburn Cemetery African American Heritage Trail
Written by Melissa Banta
Edited by Rachel Sapin
(c) Friends of Mount Auburn, 2013.

Funding for this project has been provided by the 1772 Foundation; Mass Humanities; the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (made possible by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom); the Cambridge Arts Council and the Watertown Cultural Council (local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency); and contributions from Sydney Nathans, Mary K. Zervigon, and the family of Katherine Knox.

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