Founded in 1807, Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place of two individuals directly associated with the Underground Railroad (URR) – William Boyd and David A. Hall. William Boyd was caught "stealing" slaves, convicted and later pardoned by President Lincoln. David A. Hall, an attorney, worked as an assistant to Horace Mann in representing the defendants in the Pearl affair. He provided bail for William Chaplin and represented enslaved men and other operatives in the courts of DC and MD.
Also buried in the cemetery are: Ann Sprigg who operated a boarding house known as "Abolitionist House;" John Smilie, congressman from Philadelphia, who voted to ban slavery in Pennsylvania; William Pinkney, later Attorney General, who negotiated the Missouri Compromise; Count Adam Gurowski, wrote Slavery in History condemning the institution;Sayles Bowen worked tirelessly on behalf of the black community which later elected him Mayor; and Leonard Gale who lost his job in the Patent Office because of his work on behalf of Myrtilla Miner's school for black children. In addition buried there is Judge William Cranch, nephew of President John Adams and Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, who did all he could to minimize the effectiveness of the Fugitive Slave Act.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St., SE, Washington, DC, 20003
National Register/National Historic Landmark Status: Congressional Cemetery
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Chairman of the Board
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: David A. Hall,William Boyd