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Over 50 African-American gravestones recently found in the Potomac River are from the cemetery where Osborne P. Anderson was buried. His headstone, however, still remains missing.

Osborne Perry Anderson is a familiar name with Jefferson County historians as an African-American raider who survived the John Brown actions of Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Anderson had been interred in the Columbian Harmony Cemetery when he died on Dec. 18, 1872. He was buried there along with other prominent African Americans including Mary Lincoln’s seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley. The cemetery for nearly 100 years was known as Washington’s “most prominent burial site for Americans of African descent.” 

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