Friday, April 6, 2012

Union Baptist Cemetery

Founded in 1864 by the Union Baptist Church, it is the oldest Baptist African-American cemetery in the city. Over 150 veterans of the United States Colored Troops are interred here as well as notable figures in Cincinnati history.

One of the most notable figures is Powhatan Beaty who served in the Black Brigade and was a Sergeant in the Union Army’s 5th Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Beaty received the Medal of Honor for taking command of his company after the officers were either killed or injured in battle. After the war ended, Beaty was an actor and perhaps his most famous performance was at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. His son A. Lee Beaty went on to become an Ohio Legislator and assistant U.S. District Attorney.

The cemetery is also the burial place for Honorable George W. Hayes, a former slave and the first African-American court crier in Hamilton County. Hayes also served three terms in the Ohio General Assembly and Hayes Elementary School is named after him.

Union Baptist Cemetery is also the final resting spot for “Tiny” Bradshaw, an R&B singer known best for the song, “The Train Kept A-Rollin”, Jack Pfiester, a pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, and Reverend David LeRoy Nickens, the first African American licensed minister in Ohio and the first minister of the Union Baptist Church.

Union Baptist Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Union Baptist Cemetery
4933 Cleves Warsaw Pike, West Price Hill

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