Tour the African American Gethsemane Cemetery, Little Ferry, this Saturday during Bergen County's Juneteenth Celebration

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The Historic African American Gethsemane Cemetery, a Bergen County Historic Site, will be open 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Saturday, June 16th, during Bergen County’s Juneteenth Celebration.  Gethsemane Cemetery is located on Summit Place in Little Ferry, NJ.  It will be open for self-guided tours from 1:00–3:30 pm and a guided tour with Gethsemane Historian Arnold Brown at 2:15 pm. 

Gethsemane Cemetery is located on a 1-acre sandy hill west of the Hackensack River.  It was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places due to the significant role it played in the enactment of New Jersey’s early civil rights legislation, as well as containing evidence of West African burial customs.

Everyone is invited to Bergen County’s day-long Juneteenth Celebration – “African Americans in Times of War” – at Overpeck County Park.  This is the 153rd  Anniversary of Juneteenth the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

This all-day Juneteenth Celebration will be held rain or shine from 10 am – 8 pm at the the Bergen County New Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park.  Entrance to the park is off Fort Lee Road in Teaneck / Leonia.  There will be entertainment for visitors of all ages, including food, children’s games, cultural & historical displays, vendors, exhibitors and family reunions.  In the afternoon there will be buses leaving from the park at 2 pm for tours of Gethsemane Cemetery and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument which is located on the Hackensack River Pathway on the FDU campus in Hackensack.  For more information, email Arnold Brown at duboisbks@aol.com 

Directions to Gethsemane Cemetery: Take Rt. 46 West past the Bergen Turnpike intersection.  Approximately ½ mile after the intersection, past the 1st traffic light, take the first RIGHT onto Summit Place.  The entrance to Gethsemane is on your left one block beyond the Mobile station.

The Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.