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Fair Hill Burial Ground

Fair Hill Burial Ground

The Fair Hill Burial Ground is the final resting place of many individuals who were involved in the Underground Railroad. Robert Purvis, who organized the Vigilant Association in 1837, is credited by some historians as helping 3000 freedom seekers through the Philadelphia area. Among the most famous he asssisted was Harriet Jacobs, whose story of being confined to her grandmother’s attic is often told. Harriet Forten Purvis, his wife, was a member of the Philadelphia Female Society which raised money for the Vigilant Association, later the Vigilant Committee. Lucretia and James Mott supported the underground railroad, and frequently hid Freedom Seekers. Edward M. Davis supported the underground railroad, and lent his farm to the U. S. Army for the training of the first black regiments during the Civil War. Edward Hopper, son of Isaac Hopper, an underground railroad pioneer, was a lawyer who defended many Freedom Seekers including Daniel Dangerfield. Nine members of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and the American Anti-Slavery Society, and 104 members of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society are buried at Fair Hill.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Cambria St and Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, 19133

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Fair Hill Corp. Mary Anne Hunter

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Vigilance Committee

Freedom Seekers: Harriet Jacobs

UGRR Operatives: Edward Hopper,Lucretia Mott,Robert Purvis