We are located at 2501 Mill Road NW, Georgetown,
Washington, DC 20007 (1/2 block north of the intersection of 27th and Q Streets, NW).
The Cemeteries are a private property sanctuary. We extend an invitation to the public to visit, learn, and reflect. Please understand and respect that burial sites exist throughout the open and wooded areas of the memorial park, and most do not have a headstone or other marker. The memorials and artifacts that exist are fragile - do not walk on memorials or make 'rubbings' of stone engravings.
All dogs must be on a leash and are not allowed on artifacts or memorials. Their waste must be removed from the cemetery.
Parking is very limited at the Cemeteries. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) website can help you plan your visit using Metrobus or Metrorail services. Google Maps Transit Directions is another useful trip planning resource.
There are no restroom facilities or beverages available at the Cemeteries (a convenience store and delicatessen are located two to four blocks away).
Preparing for your visit
In addition to the useful information shared on our History page, please consider these useful resources:
African American Heritage Trail, identifies more than 200 sites that are important in local and national history and culture.
Black Georgetown Remembered" A History of Its Black Community From the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day". Author Kathleen M. Lesko; Contributing Authors Valerie Babb and Carroll R. Gibbs, ISBN 978-0-87840-526-8
Escape on the Pearl, Special to the Washington Post, August 12, 1998, By Mary Kay Ricks. Shares the April 15, 1848 escape of 77 slaves from Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria on the sailing vessel The Pearl, the ensuing "Washington Riot", and elevation of the abolition debate.
Other nearby points of interest (click here for detailed information)
"Herring Hill" defines the area south of P Street NW, between 29th Street NW and Rock Creek. Herring Hill was the nucleus of the historic black community in Georgetown.
Alfred and Hannah Cole Pope Residence, 2900 O Street NW
Emma V. Brown Residence, 3044 P Street NW
Mount Zion United Methodist Church 1334 29th St., NW
Holy Rood Cemetery, 2126 Wisconsin Avenue NW
John H. Fleet Residence, 1208 30th Street NW
First Baptist Church, 2624 Dumbarton Street NW
Patrick Francis Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Please sign our Visitor registry
Mt. Zion - Female Union Band Society Historic Memorial Park, Inc.
Lisa M. Fager
Volunteers Make It Happen!
Are you a neighbor, student, historian, archeologist, retiree? Anyone with the desire and time is welcome to join the volunteers who honor this sacred place by maintaining the grounds, preserving artifacts, capturing historic information, and being informal guides to visitors. Volunteerism is gratifying to the soul, a way to meet wonderful individuals visiting or working at the grounds, and a means to learn about the Mount Zion - Female Union Band Society cemeteries and the persons for whom this is their final resting place.
Volunteerism is informal, with most individuals giving time that fits their schedules. Individuals may choose to team up and work with a fellow volunteer, or they may choose to just 'show up and do whatever needs to be done'. Examples of how you can help include:
Collecting and disposing of fallen tree branches and trash
Weeding and cutting back encroaching brush around memorials, artifacts, Burial Vault path, and the forest edge
Restoration and maintenance of benches, stairs, and paths located on the burial grounds
(with training in approved methodologies) performing restorative cleaning of headstones and memorials
Capturing written and oral records of the cemeteries, their role in historic black Georgetown, and the deceased - for archive records and use in media, education materials, and reports
Updating and enhancing information presented on this website and social media
We enjoy hearing about the good deeds our volunteers are doing! Periodically we share emails among the volunteer team to enable everyone to know each other, hear about the activities individuals are doing, solicit assistance or companionship, or ask Lisa Fager (Executive Director) for guidance, tools, and supplies.
How do i get started?
Use this email to introduce yourself, and share the nature of your interest in supporting our cemeteries. One of our volunteers will follow up with you, and introduce you to the other supporting members when you come on board.