Credit: Zion Union Cemetery – Mercersburg, PA, Mindy Crawford, 2023.


Our Mission

The mission of the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds (PAHG) is to honor, interpret, and preserve African American cemeteries and the burial sites of Civil War African American Sailors and United States Colored Troops in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds connects and builds the capacity of stewards of these cemeteries and burial sites, and supports conservation, documentation, education, and training. Working collaboratively with other groups and organizations, PAHG provides tangible encounters with memory and enriches the public understanding of history.


Meet the board members of PAHG.

why preserve black cemeteries?

Learn about the importance of our work.


Read articles featuring PAHG.