Heuston Burying Ground in Brunswick, Maine, began in 1829 as a traditional rural family burying ground when mid-coast Maine African American community leaders, Francis and Mahitable Heuston, set aside a piece of their farm as the final resting place of their daughter, Pamelia. For the next one hundred thirty-five years Heuston friends and family in the African American community were buried there. Some, like Francis and Mahitable, were conductors in the Underground Railroad.
One UGRR passenger was Clara Battease, who in 1850 escaped slavery with the aid of the mid-coast African American community and was hidden in the Heuston home. She gave birth to daughter Emma one month later. Both because of the rural nature of the community and the need to protect one another's origins, documentation for those interred in the cemetery is incomplete. Family records, however, support that Emma was laid to rest in Heuston Burying Ground when she died in 1871 at age 21. The last documented burial was of Francis amd Mahitable's great-grandson, Austin Hopkins, who died in 1954.
There are no black churches, schools or fraternal organizations in Bath or Brunswick, making Heuston Burying Ground the only visible monument to the area's former African American community.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Heuston Burying Ground, 4 Crooker Rd, Brunswick, Cumberland, 04011
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Theodore Crooker
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: Francis and Mahitable Heuston