Cooper, Lucy (d. 1866) V-3


Colored Cemetery
Section no: V
Memorial no: 3

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Personal Information

Name: Lucy Cooper
Gender: Female
Age: Æ 110
Death: February 3 1866
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Number interred: 1


Relict of
Arthur Cooper
Died Feb. 3, 1866.
Æ. 110
Sleep on (through?) ……
..Saint (sleep?)
The g……is…..”

Epitaph: Yes
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Biographical notes: Lucinda (Lucy) Gordon was born in Africa and taken into slavery in childhood, and as a slave was branded on the forehead. After escaping slavery, she reached Nantucket through Newport, RI. and became Arthur Cooper’s second wife after his wife Mary died in 1826. According to Mary Starbuck in her book, My House and I, white children living on Pleasant Street organized a drive to help pay for Lucy’s grave marker and learned first-hand about racism when their requests for contributions were rebuffed.
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Inscription Condition: Mainly decipherable


Stone Composition: Marble, White
Stone Shape: Rectangular, pointed top
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Monument Condition: Discolored/stained
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Main motif: Lettering only
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Data Collection

Date data collected: 2002
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Stone exists 2002: yes
Stone exists 2003: ?
Stone exists 2004: yes
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Citation source:
Field recorder: Barbara White’s 8th grade class
Data input by: Georgen Gilliam Charnes
Reviewed by: Automatic