Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gravestone of the Day: Frank

Frank, 1771, Granary Burying Ground, Boston, MA
Servant to
lied interr'd here
who died 23d Jan

I do not know of many African Americans who are buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston. The city's free black community was centered in the North End, so many of the known graves are in Copp's Hill. One of the few exceptions is Frank, a slave belonging to John Hancock, who is buried at the foot of Hancock's monument, near the Hancock family tomb on the southwest side of the graveyard.


Robert J. said...

It should be noted that that Hancock monument is a modern creation -- I don't know its date, but I don't believe it was contemporary with the man himself. Do we know what kind of marker Hancock originally had? A regular, if large, slate stone? Something else?


Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

He is buried in the Hancock family tomb and, to my knowledge, never had an individual marker.

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

"In the southwestern corner of the ground a rough stone with this simple inscription,

No 16.
Tomb of

was all that marked the resting place of John Hancock . . ."

-Historical Sketch and Matters Appertaining to the Granary Burial-Ground (1902)

J. L. Bell said...

Okay, in the photo I recognize Ryan, Charlie, and Michael, as well as tour leader and hat-wearer Charles Chauncey Wells. And could that be my hat brim and shoe toes at the far left?

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

Yep. I lost you in the cropping, but you're on the left side.