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Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, 1874-1978, bulk 1920-1970

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Creator:
Bladensburg Union Burial Association
Subject:
Plummer, Henry Vinton 1844-1905
Plummer, Nellie Arnold 1860-ca. 1920
Bladensburg Union Burial Association
Physical description:
3.64 linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Papers
Collection descriptions
Receipts
Application forms
Minute books
Place:
Bladensburg (Md.)
Date:
1974
1974-1989
1874-1978
bulk 1920-1970
Notes:
In 1870 in Bladensburg, Maryland, undertaker Francis Gasch refused to conduct a burial because the family of the deceased could not afford to pay the exorbitant cost of the funeral. At the time, this plight was quite common for newly freed African Americans. Recognizing the need for action, Henry Vinton Plummer, pastor of the St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, intervened on the behalf of the family and assumed financial responsibility for the burial. Thereafter, in an effort to empower the community to establish their own resources, Vinton called a meeting in June, 1870, where he proposed the establishment of a society which would ensure its members a proper funeral through the collection of membership dues. The society, which was christened the Bladensburg Burying Association, eventually became the Bladensburg Union Burial Association and served several generations of members in the Bladensburg area.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1874 to 1978 and measures 3.64 linear feet, documents the history of the Bladensburg Union Burial Association. The records include the Association's constitution, by-laws, treasurer reports, receipts, and correspondence.
Cite as:
The Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Reverend L. Jerome Fowler
Topic:
African American churches
African American clergy
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7076
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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