Rename Old Negro Cemetery

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Jessica Rients started this petition to Douglas County Illinois

Old Negro Cemetery is the name of a cemetery in Douglas County, Illinois. As far as anyone knows this is the only all-black cemetery in this area. The headstones are all gone now and the graves have sunk, some as much as 10 inches. The original name is offensive and the people interred there deserve a more dignified moniker for their eternal resting place.

I would recommend renaming this place Freedom Lane Cemetery to honor the freed slaves who settled along this road in the late 1870s.

Further information on the history of this cemetery can be found here: http://genealogytrails.com/ill/douglas/negrocemetery.html

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