The Trent House Association is hosting a virtual illustrated talk, “In Graves of Their Own: Reclaiming the Locust Hill Cemetery,” presented by Algernon Ward, Trenton history enthusiast and re-enactor. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021, via Zoom at

Algernon Ward, a notable figure in Trenton’s history community and member of the 6th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactor organization, will highlight the history of the Locust Hill Cemetery from its beginnings in the 18th century as the earliest known burial place of African Americans in Trenton.

Leading the project, which includes developing an interpretive center next to the cemetery, Mr. Ward and the 6th Regiment will showcase current efforts to ensure the cemetery’s preservation and commemorate the people buried there, including several Civil War veterans.

The Locust Hill Cemetery joins other sites important to Trenton’s African American history, including the 1856 Higbee School, the first free school for African Americans in Trenton, and the Carver Youth and Family Center, a social and cultural center for Trenton’s Black community.

You can donate to the Locust Hill Cemetery project by sending a check to the 6th Regiment at 685 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Trenton 08618, or by donating through the Trent House Association’s PayPal account at All donations will go directly toward the Locust Hill Cemetery project.

More details about this upcoming event can be found on the William Trent House website at

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