Parting Ways Site


“Free and enslaved African American burial places were community graveyards rather than family plots.

The racist slave-holding society’s attempt to strip African Americans of legitimate familial and community relationships encouraged them to develop and protect the areas in which they could express their sense of family and community.

Just as African Americans struggled to ensure their right to a funeral, they saw the cemetery as another aspect of their fragile community”

(David Charles SloanThe Last Great Necessity, Cemeteries in American History. John Hopkins University Press, 1991)


“The process of remembering at African Slave gravesites is an act of discovery. The key word is ‘discovery’ for it expresses a set of multiple processes:

  1. The act of remembering via one’s storehouse of one’s historical or collective knowledge;
  2. The act of recovery knowledge or “reconstructing history” of slavery and the slave gravesite;
  3. The act of searching for selves as an individual journey;
  4. The act of realizing one’s emotional attachment to that history;
  5. The quest to gain understanding of slavery’s ubiquitous past;
  6. The verve to jealously safeguard what is true – commemorative vigilance of history and memory of the African Atlantic slave and their gravesites.”

Dr. Angela Leonard. “Remembering at African Atlantic Gravesites.” International MESA (Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas) Conference; February, 2004; Padua, Italy

1755 TO 1908

1755 – 1774: Japheth Rickard & FamilyWife: Martha MitchellChildren: Savannah/Sueana, Martha1755-1773: Seth Fuller1st Wife: Sarah Wright2nd – Deborah EdwardsChildren: Sarah, Deborah, Samuel, Archippus1773-1840:  Elijah Leach & FamilyWife: JemimaChildren:  Elijah Jr., Jamima Leach, Nathaniel1779: Job CushmanSon of Thomas & Anna Cushman1779 – 1806: Quash QuandeyWife: PhyllisChildren:  Quamony Quash1779 – 1833: Quamony Quash & FamilyWife:  Ellen StephensChildren: Charles H.W. Quam,Winslow S. Quash 1779 – 1824: Plato Turner & FamilyWife:  Rachel ColleyChildren:  Plato Turner Jr., James Turner, Sarah Turner, Rachel Turner1779 – 1824: Cato HoweWife: 1st – Atathea          2nd – Lucy Prettison 1790’s: Prince GoodwinWife: 1st – NellieChildren:  Elisha, Midian, Prince Jr., Ephraim2nd – Lettice Bowler1790 – 1863: James Turner & FamilyWife:  Nancy HollisChildren:  Steven Drew Hollis, Henry Hollis1840 – 1908: Rachel Turner Johnson & FamilyHusband: PeterChildren:  Nathaniel Tillman Johnson, James Henry Johnson, Jessie W. Johnson