Various headstones in Wesleyan Cemetery with trees in the background

Photo courtesy of Francesca Marcotte Rietz, taken 10/22/19

Wesleyan Cemetery has been around for nearly two centuries and it one of the oldest cemeteries in Cincinnati. It is now known for its role in the Underground Railroad and was one of the first cemeteries to bury Black and white people in the same soil. Despite this important history, the once well-kept graveyard has become increasingly run-down. Through this degradation has come a certain haunting beauty.

Plaque describing the history of Wesleyan Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Francesca Marcotte Rietz, taken 10/22/19

I have found myself here for picnics and walks and to watch fireworks on Independence Day. I never stopped to read the plaque until this October.