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Second Street Cemetery

The Second Street Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Elmira, New York. It was designed by an abolitionist, Francis Hall. Buried in the Second Street Cemetery are individuals/people who were involved in Elmira's Underground Railroad and abolitionist activities. They include John Selover, Riggs Watrous, Sandy Brandt, and George Jones. Elmira is located just across the New York/Pennsylvania state line and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. John W. Jones, formerly enslaved, was the sexton of this cemetery. John W. Jones was a major conductor of the Underground Railroad in Elmira and assisted over 800 runaways to freedom.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 317 East Church St, Elmira, 14901

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: John Tonello

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: John Jones

UGRR Operatives: George Jones,John Selover,John W. Jones,Riggs Watrous,Sandy Brandt