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Mount Olive Cemetery - Wilmington, Delaware

Relocated Historic African-American Cemeteries 


Mount Olive Cemetery is an historic African-American cemetery located near Wilmington, DE on Lancaster Avenue. The cemetery entrance is marked with a Historic Marker - from the Delaware State website.  Burials from several early African-American cemeteries in Wilmington were moved to Mount  Olive in the early 1900s. The first recorded burials in Mt Olive were in 1899. Many markers from the earlier St. Peters and 12th and French (Old Union) date from the early 1860s and have been transferred to Mt. Olive.

History Maps Records Cemetery Stones and FAQs
not recorded  -
possibly in the 'Affrican cemetery' out Front Street or French St.
1840s - 1871
(under churches on Lancaster Ave, near Pyle St)
African Union 
819 French St.
1818 - 1900
(Peter Spencer Plaza)
St. Peters
Front and Union
moved 1914
1861 - 1914
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
African Union
12th & French
1861 - 1900
(under former MBNA building)
2nd/3rd and Union
moved 1919 to the present Mount Zion (Lancaster Ave)
1871 - 1908
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
Old Union
12th & French
1861 - 1900
(under former MBNA building)
Union (new Union)
Front / 3rd on Union
1863 - 1903
(under car dealerships / Bancroft Parkway)
Mt. Olive
Lancaster Ave
first burial 1899
1899 - mid 1980s

(work in progress)
 RECORD NOTE: If you don't find your family member listed yet - :I haven't gotten to the record yet - The record might not be public (only records before 1961 are available) - There might not be a public burial record. Records for Mt. Zion (Lancaster Avenue at the Cannery) are not included in this collection. Records for Ezion (2nd and Union)  prior to the move to Lancaster Ave are in this collection.

11,675 residents identified

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Death records, census and newspaper clippings will help identify not only the persons with existing tombstones, but additional people buried here as well.

Existing markers photographed: 945. Burials identified - 6264 (St. Peters, 12th&French (Old Union), Union (Ezion & St. Peters - Front and Union, to 3rd and Pyles Lane) and Mount Olive.