African American Heritage Trail – Rediscovered Souls

February 1, 2013

Within Mount Auburn are the gravesites of African Americans that might be missed by visitors to the Cemetery or perhaps lost to the purview of history itself. Katherine Knox and Myrtle Hart, a bicyclist and a harpist, both blessed with talent, rose to the top of their professions. Over time their stories were lost and have now resurfaced, revealing their accomplishments despite the stinging discrimination they faced. Scholars and family members researching records in Mount Auburn’s Historical Collections recently have discovered that these women were buried at Mount Auburn: one in an unmarked grave and the other in a family lot under another name.

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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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