Historical Maps

Boschke map, late 1850s, showing Friends (Quaker) Cemetery before the much larger African American cemetery was established in 1870.

Late 1850s Boschke map showing the Friends (Quaker) Burying Ground, founded in 1807. This map was drawn before the establishment of the much larger African American cemetery in 1870

1866 Michler map showing Quaker cemetery fenced in beneath the word "Cliffburne," 14 years before the establishment of the larger African American cemetery at the site.

1866 Michler map showing fenced-in Quaker cemetery beneath the word “Cliffburne,” 14 years before the establishment of the larger African American cemetery at the site

1866 Michler map close-up showing fenced Quaker cemetery.

1866 Michler map close-up showing fenced Quaker cemetery

1887 map showing Mount Pleasant Cemetery and prospective development south of the site.

1887 map showing Mount Pleasant Cemetery and prospective development to the south of the site

1888 U.S. Geodetic Survey map, before the 1890 acquisition of the northern strip of cemetery land along the southern side of Adams Mill Road for the newly created National Zoo.

1888 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey map, just before the 1890 acquisition of the northern strip of cemetery land along the southern side of Adams Mill Road for the newly created National Zoo

1888topomap

1888 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey map cropped to show cemetery site

1890 map drawn by William Hornaday, a Smithsonian employee who scouted land for the creation of the National Zoo; he recommended that the Zoo purchase the entirety of the African American cemetery, but apparently not the smaller Quaker cemetery.

1890 map drawn by William Hornaday, a Smithsonian employee who scouted land for the creation of the National Zoo; he recommended that the Zoo purchase the entirety of the African American cemetery, but apparently not the smaller Quaker cemetery

1894 Hopkins map showing some prospective streets and naming today's Calvert Street as Connecticut Avenue; the cemetery is named Young Men's Baptist Cemetery--the name used by Zoo officials in acquiring part of the cemetery land in 1890.

1894 Hopkins map showing some prospective streets and naming today’s Calvert Street as Connecticut Avenue; the cemetery is named Young Men’s Baptist Cemetery–the name used by Zoo officials in acquiring part of the cemetery land in 1890

1901 map showing cemetery with prospective road through it.

1901 map showing cemetery

1904 Baist's map showing development along the southern side of the cemeteries.

1904 Baist’s map showing development along the southern side of the cemeteries

1907 map showing the land still marked as a cemetery land, 17 years after the closure of the African American and Quaker cemeteries.

1907 map showing the land still marked as a cemetery land, 17 years after the closure of the African American and Quaker cemeteries

1910 Foster & Reynolds map showing the land as a cemetery, even though burials had ceased in 1890.

1910 Foster & Reynolds map showing the land as a cemetery, even though burials had ceased in 1890

1919 Baist's map showing cemetery land owned by Colored Union Benevolent Association and the Quaker Burying Grounds, 29 years after both cemeteries were closed.

1919 Baist’s map showing the cemetery land owned by the Colored Union Benevolent Association and the Quaker Burying Ground

1931 Baist's Map showing close-up of land purchased in 1929 by the United States (National Park Service) to become part of Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway

1931 Baist’s Map showing close-up of land purchased in 1929 by the United States (National Park Service) to become part of Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway

1937 Baist's map, showing former cemetery land at west end purchased by the United States (National Park Service), and the eastern side owned by court-appointed trustees of the Colored Union Benevolent Association

1937 Baist’s map, showing former cemetery land at west end purchased by the United States (National Park Service), and the eastern side owned by court-appointed trustees of the Colored Union Benevolent Association

1945 Baist's map showing former cemetery land after purchase by Shapiro Brothers developers; on the west is the former cemetery land purchased earlier by the United States (National Park Service)

1945 Baist’s map showing former cemetery land after purchase by Shapiro Brothers developers; on the west is the former cemetery land purchased in 1929 by the United States (National Park Service)

1960 Baist's Map; outline of Quaker cemetery is visible again (marked 809) after disappearing from earlier maps

1960 Baist’s Map; outline of Quaker cemetery is visible again (marked “809”) after disappearing from earlier maps

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