The Historical Prevalence of the Lincoln Cemetery


Rachel Fleagle, Section Editor

The Lincoln Cemetery in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, has several notable figures buried within its gates.

The cemetery was established by the Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church in 1827, which still owns and takes care of it today. 

To learn more about the significance of this historic site, HawkEye spoke with Joyce Scott Parker. Parker is both a member of the church and their Lincoln Cemetery committee

Parker explained that many influential and barrier-breaking people reside in the cemetery. Among those include Horace Bennett, who was a member of the black Civil War regiment. Other notable figures include Ephraim Slaughter (American Legion Post 773 is named after him), William Howard Day, and Thomas Morris Chester. Parker said Morris was “an attorney, but he was also a civil war correspondent”, while Day “was the first president of the school board in Harrisburg.” A Steelton, Pennsylvania cemetery is named after Day.

Parker’s grandfather, John Paul Scott, is also buried in the cemetery.

“He was the first African American administrator in the [Harrisburg] school district. He was a teacher, but he was also an administrator,” Parker said.

Local Harrisburg residents may recognize his name from the John Paul Scott Community Church, now John Paul Scott AME Zion Church, named in his honor.

The public is welcome to visit the Lincoln Cemetery on weekends. It is at 201 S 30th St, Harrisburg, PA 17103.