Pine Street Colored Cemetery

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The Pine Street Colored Cemetery was a cemetery for the African American residents of Gallipolis, Ohio. African Americans in Gallipolis were prohibited from using the other cemeteries in the town.

John Gee, an African American resident of Gallipolis, established the Pine Street Colored Cemetery in 1860. Gee was a local carpenter and an extensive landowner in Gallipolis. He built a number of structures in the town, including the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. He also was of the founding members of the John Gee African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Pine Street Colored Cemetery consists of four acres of land. A number of prominent local African Americans were buried there. Among them was Leah Stewart, the first African American to live in Gallipolis. Phoebe Smith established the local Mutual Aid Society and was buried in this cemetery. The Mutual Aid Society assisted African American slaves in gaining their freedom. At least fifty-seven African American soldiers also were buried in the cemetery. The cemetery is no longer open to new interments.

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