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The Copp?s Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest cemetery in Boston. It was founded in 1659 as Windhill Mill and later on called as North Burying Ground. The exact location of the place can be found along the Hull Street in Boston. Its current name was derived from William Copp, a shoemaker who previously owned the land.

Along the Snowhill Street side of the burying ground, there are unmarked graves which belonged to the African American and other Natives who once lived in New Guinea. Native Bostonians and their ancestors were also buried in Copp?s Hill. Aside from these unmarked graves, there are approximately 272 tombs laid in the cemetery.

Some of the most prominent people whose remains were laid in Copp?s hill Burying Ground are as follows: Robert Newman, popularly known because of his lantern signal at the top of Old North Church during the Lexington versus Concord war; Prince Hall, a well-known activist upholding anti-slavery who later became the pioneer and founder of Black Masonic Order; a former shipyard owner named Edmund Hartt; the Boston light?s first kepper George Worthylake; and the entire Mather family of ministers such as Increase Mather and Cotton Mather who were both served as Puritan minister. William Copp?s families, specifically his children, were also buried in the ground.

In 1974, the Copp?s Hill Burying ground as declared under National Historic Landmark. The original boundaries and land area of the cemetery has been proven hard to determine because of several extensions and land acquisition occurred during the later years after it was founded.
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