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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Neglecting Georgetown’s Irish forefathers

Today for St. Patrick’s Day, GM thought he’d broach a more somber topic than you normally see on St. Patrick’s Day. The topic: the Holy Rood Cemetery on Wisconsin Avenue. This cemetery is the final resting place of generations of Irish-Americans (and other groups) who once lived in Georgetown. GM brought this up a couple years ago, but now seems like a good time to repost the article because absolutely nothing has changed since then. So without further ado, GM presents “A Pity on a Hill”:

On a hill overlooking Georgetown sits a shameful display of neglect on the part of Georgetown University: Holy Rood Cemetery. Built by Georgetown’s Holy Trinity Church in 1832, the cemetery has a strong connection to the neighborhood’s history. It is the final resting place of generations of Georgetown’s German and Irish Catholics as well as up to 1000 slaves and free Black residents.

And today it is a mess.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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