In honor of February being Black History Month (and for purely personal reasons), Capital Living will do its best to uncover African American History throughout Frankfort and Franklin County over the next several weeks.
Green Hill Cemetery is located on East Main Street. Thousands of people pass it daily. Yet never give a second thought to its significance to Frankfort, let alone African American, history. Marked by Kentucky Historical Marker #2226, Green Hill Cemetery was established in 1865 and provides the citizens of Frankfort with a unique link to our community’s African American Civil War heritage. One of its most prominent features is a simple but impressive ten-foot tall limestone pillar bearing the names of 142 veterans of Kentucky’s United States Colored Troops (USCT) from Frankfort and the surrounding counties of central Kentucky.
The monument was dedicated on July 4, 1924 by the Women’s Relief Corps, an affiliate of the local African American Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union Army veteran’s organization. It is one of four monuments dedicated to African-American troops in the country. Files on the cemetery and a list of the names on the monument are available from the office of the Assistant Curator of the Capital City Museum.
The cemetery also served as the “segregated” resting place for the African American citizens of Frankfort in its early days.
It is also Stop #19 on the Frankfort PublicArt Tour.