The Mount Olive Burial Grounds
Mount Olive Cemetery

4420 Lancaster Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805

Mount Olive Burial Grounds is a historic African American cemetery. It was the only cemetery where African Americans could be buried in the State of Delaware for many years. Burials from several early African American cemeteries in Wilmington were moved to Mount Olive in the early 1900s. The first recorded burials in Mt Olive were in 1883 according to tombstone inscriptions. Many markers from the earlier St. Peters and 12th and French (Old Union) date from the early 1860s and have been transferred to Mt. Olive.

Historical Facts:

For more in-depth burial locations and help to research a family member buried here free of charge, please visit our Sister website created by Regina Barry at Mount Olive Cemetery

SAILORS - 1918 Flu Epidemic

The Wilmington Country Club served as a hospital during the 1918 influenza epidemic. A group of merchant seamen, probably from the Port of Wilmington, died of influenza in the emergency hospital at the Country Club. They are only identified as ‘Hindoo’ sailors with phonetic spellings of their names; and are buried at Mount Olive.

These sailors are possibly the residents of Mount Olive who are buried farthest from their homes.

ALLIMOOLLA, Faballe d 12 Oct 1918 aged 23y Hindoo sailor
MISSERILBILLA, Donesh d 11 Oct 1918 Hindoo sailor
MOHAMED, Onedallee d 8 Oct 1918 from the port
MAKUIE, Gohoralle d 12 Oct 1918 Hindu sailor
LABO, Augustus d 14 Oct 1918 Hindo sailor
ILEENJAU, Babor d 16 Oct 1918 Hindu sailor
GOLOM, Sherealle d 12 Oct 1918 Hindoo
ALLIMOOLLA, Safurallee d 18 Oct 1918 aged abt 40y Hindo
BORIK, Moon Mesh Debdue d 18 Oct 1918 Hindo Sailor
AMEWOODLLAU d 16 Oct 1918 Hindo
GOLAM, Sherealle d 11 Oct 1918 Hindo
FILLOO, Powelio d 8 Oct 1918 port
MOHAMED, Wazidoolla d 8 Oct 1918 port
Excerpt from our Sister website Mt Olive Cemetery Website by Regina Barry. See link on this page.
Grand Army of the Republic – The largest veterans organization formed after the Civil War. Wilmington had a chapter. It is unusual to see it noted on a tombstone – Wm. Furrow G.A.R. 55th Infantry. Excerpt from our Sister website Mt Olive Cemetery Website by Regina Barry. See link on this page.
Mary Calhoun was buried in 1915. At the time, this would have been a small tree. After 100 years, the tree has grown around her stone. In another 100 years, the tree may completely surround the stone. Excerpt from our Sister website Mt Olive Cemetery Website by Regina Barry. See link on this page.
Some of the Torch Bearers who Led and volunteered in the Upkeep of Mt Olive Burial Grounds

(in order of service)

Friends of Mount Olive
Herman Henderson
Thomas Conyers
William Riley
Elwood Craig
Nelson Ross
Dale Anderson
Lawrence Moon Roane
John Monk
Tommy Steele, Guard, Greenbank Correctional Center
Arnold Chambers, Guard, The Young Correctional Center
The Inmates of The Young Correctional Center
John Jackson
Twin B Brown
Thomas F Lee Sr
Ralph Woody
Ted Turkell of Baltimore
Regina Barry
Joanne Patterson
(About Mrs. Patterson – a tiny 90-year old lady who drove by herself from Baltimore one day. Her sister is buried there. She came with her hand scissors—and she did work!!!)
Then U.S. Rep. John Carney
Youth Group from the University of Delaware
John Livingston
John Mitchell
Al Roy
Steven Scott
Forrest Walker
Poppa Rogers & the Clubs of the ’60s
William Jones
Rick Morrison
Emile Brown
Mark Ayres
The Trustee Board of the Mother African Union Church
If you would like to help with the upkeep of the Mount Olive Burial Grounds (aka Mount Olive Cemetery), please donate by using the GivePlus+ app on your phone. Just go to your app store and download the app and it will give you instructions on how to use the app. Also, you can send your offering/donation to the Church (please do not send cash). Send checks or money order to: Mother African Union Church, 812 N. Franklin St., Wilmington, DE 19806.