S2 – Episode 3 – Challenge 2

No Place for Slaves

The place where James’ and Reuben mortal remains rest, in a single cemetery serving both negroes and whites, was made available not by the State of Oregon, nor the City of Philomath, nor even the United Brethren Church. The 2 acres that formed the Mount Union Cemetery was a donation of the former slave Reuben, donated to Philomath, with the caveat that both blacks and whites would be buried there. 

But that is not the whole story – below are some excerpts from a newspaper article 60 years ago that fills in some of the details.