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Henry Watson Burial Site Mt Vernon Cemetery

A traditional burial ground for African Americans from the Chambersburg, PA area, Mount Vernon Cemetery is the site of the grave of Henry Watson (1813-1898), the business owner who helped to arrange the secret meeting between Frederick Douglass and John Brown at a quarry on the western edge of the historic seat of Franklin County. There, on August 19, 1859, discussions were held on the Abolitionist Brown’s plans for the impending raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The ill-fated raid occurred on October 16, 1859. At the meeting, Brown tried unsuccessfully to enlist Douglass in his plans. The Cemetery, established circa 1850, also holds the remains of 26 African American veterans of the Civil War.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: c/o Lebanon Cemetery Association, 140 Lincoln Rd, Chambersburg, 17201

National Park Unit: Yes

Ownership: Michael Rideout

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Frederick Douglass,Henry Watson,John Brown