Sunday’s Obituary: Carlotta Constance Peters Pace

     I posted a memorium of Carlotta and her father Yancey Peters not too long ago (here), but I just recently came across Carlotta’s obituary notification in the Washington Post and want to give her, her own post.  Carlotta is my 1st Cousin 2x removed on my maternal side.

Washington D.C Post
February 1977

     I was very interested in knowing more about Harmony Memorial Park to see if she was listed, but apparently the Washington, D.C. Harmony Memorial Park was moved to Maryland.  This is what I found on Find-a-grave (here); or look below.

Cemetery notes and/or description:

Original location: Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC. Also known as Harmonia Burial Grounds, located 2 miles from Washington, DC on Brentwood Rd. (1893) and as Columbian Harmony Cemetery. The cemetery was moved to Landover, MD in 1959. Now known as: National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery, Landover MD.

In the late 1950s, National Harmony Memorial Park was contracted by the D.C. government to move the historically black Columbian Harmony Cemetery, which had fallen into disrepair.

According to a 2000 Washington Post article, 37,000 remains were disinterred and moved to what the Bells named National Harmony Memorial Park.

     I don’t think that my Cousin’s remains were disinterred now that I am looking at the dates that this occurred, but the fact that many other peoples remains were disinterred really upsets me as I have found this to have happened with some of my other family members. I think there is something very wrong when we disrupt the dead and then build upon sacred ground of which our ancestor’s are resting. I wonder how much money they would have saved in restoring the grounds instead of moving the cemetery.

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Sunday’s Obituary: Carlotta Constance Peters Pace — 3 Comments

  1. I have only looked at the Survey that Edward Ellis did, and located family on the MCAS Cherry Point Site. Some family members death certificates have Little Witness Church grave-site on their death certificates. I am not surprised the Doves owned much of that land and considering my 3G Grandfather and 3G Grand Uncle was raised and bonded by him, I wouldn't be surprised if that is where they are buried. Since you have the info, where can I go to see it or can you share?

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