African Cemetery No. 2

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Date: May 1709 to Dec 1982
Location: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Aikens Pasison
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African Cemetery No. 2 is also known as The Cemetery of the Union Benevolent Society No. 2. It is a historic burial site located in Lexington, Kentucky. The first burials were in the 1820s. The property was purchased by the Colored Peoples Union Benevolent Society No. 2 in 1869 for use as a cemetery. The last burials took place in 1974.

In 1889, 300 remains were moved from the Presbyterian Cemetery on Limestone Street to this cemetery. The Lexington city government took control in 1973.

A Kentucky Historical Highway Marker was placed on the site in 2003 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 31 March 2004.

Of the 5,000 gravesites, only about 1,200 remains have been identified.

Notables Buried Here

  1. Clarence Espy, 369th Infantry (Harlem Hell Fighters), a native of Lexington and Croix de Guerre recipient, is buried here.
  2. R. C. O. Benjamin, a journalist and attorney, who was murdered in 1900, has a monument dedicated here.
  3. Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame jockey, Isaac Burns Murphy was originally buried here before being moved to the gravesite of Man o' War, then again to the Kentucky Horse Park. He is the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbys.

The African Cemetery No. 2 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, Kentucky Detailed Listings

See The African American Cemetery No. 2 Page to see the souls that were laid to rest in the African American Cemetery No. 2.

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