The mission of 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. PAHG connects and builds the capacity of the 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.

“Preserving African American cemeteries is vital not just to our country’s past, but to our country’s future. These sites draw a direct, personal connection between American history and our experiences today.”

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (2021)



List of African American cemeteries in Pennsylvania.


List of cemeteries in Pennsylvania with US Colored Troops Burials.


We have collected resources that will help you to better understand the threats facing African American cemeteries in Pennsylvania and around the nation, and the work of Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds (PAHG) to preserve our African American burial grounds.

get involved

preservation tool kit

Resources to help stewards and others interested in taking steps to preserve an African American cemetery in their community.

attend a program

Participate in one of our events throughout the year.

support our work

Donate now to help us preserve our state’s African American cemeteries.

Grantee Preservation Plan Site Visits

Grantee Preservation Plan Site Visits

Last week, Barbara Barksdale from Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds and Mindy Crawford from Preservation Pennsylvania attended site visits with four of the grantees receiving preservation plan grants. Cemetery stewards met with Jason Harpe of Richard Grubb and Associates...