The History of Brewer Hill Cemetery

Prior to 1884 a group of men from the community purchased 4.5 acres of land from Judge Nicholas Brewer for a total of $787.50.The plot of land was originally part of

 the  estate of  Anne Arundel County, Orphans Court Judge Nicholas Brewer.  Brewer used the property to bury his slaves, servants and employees of the black

community.   He also allowed his prominent white colleagues to bury their slaves here.  The group incorporated themselves as The Peoples Brewer Hill Cemetery

Corporation of Anne of Anne Arundel County,Maryland. The purchasers were: William Henry Cooper, William H. Calhoun, Joseph A. Beall, Charles T. Harris,

  William Phelps, George Davis, Robert Davis, Marcellus Hall ( Undertaker), James H. Wooten, Allen Brown Parker Garver and Joseph Allen.

More then 7,000 blacks are interred here; with some known buried as early as 1848 before it was purchased from Judge Brewer.




  The earliest documented burials occurred in 1797, 1817 and 1819. In 1817 and  1819 two slaves named Dick and Tom, both men were accused of a crime  and were hung. The oldest erected marker that still stands is dated 1848. This burial occured prior to the incorporation of  the cemetery. 

Another piece of history includes the hanging of Mary Naylor. Mary Naylor was accused of poisoning her "Master" in 1861. Again, Ms. Naylor denied  that she did

not poison her " Master".  Up until the moment of her death that was witnessed by two clergy and others . Ms. Naylor stated that her "Master" was just like family.

More than 100 years later, through research efforts, family history recollections ,documents and written statements from Civil War Soldiers. Ms. Naylor was hung for

a crime that she did not commit. More than 200  Veterans from all foreign wars,all counties across Maryland,other states and countries. and all ethnic backgrounds are interred in the  historic cemetery.




















                  Judge Nicholas Brewer

                               1795 - 1864 

            Marcellus Hall, Undertaker

Sources: 1880 United States Federal Census

Name:Marcellus Hall


Birth Date:Abt 1835


Home in 1880:Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA

Street:Gloucester Street

House Number:62

Dwelling Number:218



Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)

Marital status:Married

Spouse's name:Cornelia Hall

Father's Birthplace:Maryland

Mother's Birthplace:Maryland


           Who's Buried Here?
People from all ethnic backgrounds.
    Ellen Helen Brown Parker
      First Female Undertaker
  Memorial Marker Found

Fred Miller, age about 49 .  His usual occupation was by trade a Tailor. He died on January 10, 1914, from pneumonia, birth date unknown,parents unknown and birth place unknown. He died in Jail in Annapolis, Maryland according to his death certificate. His burial took place on January 12,1914 at Brewer Hill Cemetery. Learn more about people from other ethnic backgrounds that include people from the Dominican Republic at Maryland Day.

There are  more than 7,000 people who are interred in this  historic cemetery. We are making an effort to document all of our loved ones. Please support our efforts by asking  older family members to give information about people that they know who are interred in the cemetery. Look in old family bibles, check your old Funeral Programs , Death Certificates, Oral Histories and share them with us.

Here are some things listed that we are looking for. The burial locations of the occupants of the cemetery. 

 This stone is the memorial marker that was placed at the location of Mrs. Parker. She was the first known female to own and operate her own Mortuary. She operated her business from her home located on Clay Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Her great- grandaughter rememberd as a child where she was buried. In 2017, we finally found her final resting place. 

Funeral Services Held

Reverend Alexander Dennis

     Alverta Brice
                      Honoring Life


 Let us know if your loved made any significant moments in their lifetime. 

               Allsup Julia Anna          

               BrownLeon B.               

               Brown Daniel                

               Cecil John J.Minister     

               Hammond Mary            

               Hutton Marry A.Walker  

               King Mary Corinne         

               Lane Henry                                

               Parker Eva                     

               Parker Baby                   

               Queen John Henry                 

               Simms Samuel                

               Spencer James              

               Walls Carrie                            

               Warnock Joseph W.Jr.      

               Watkins Susan                           

               Williams Margaret                                

        Death Certificates
If you have Death Certificates please let us know about them. This will help us eliminate researching duplicate burials.
Funeral Programs


Funeral programs are a way to pay respect and give a lasting memory of your loved ones life experiences. They oftem give addtional information that may not be included in a death notice  that has been placed in a local newpaper. In many instances the programs are accurated. However, their are some programs that do not give the accurate information.

         Funeral  Home Directors 


In the earlier years during the establishment of Brewer Hill Cemetery History. Their were many Funeral Home Directors, who served the black communities. Samuel Hemsley Funeral Home was located in Baltimore, Maryland. He  was a member of the Masonic Lodge . His clients included many members of the 

Old Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. 


Alderman James Albert Adams served the community in Annapolis, Maryland and beyond. He was also a undertaker and blacksmith by trade.

He was a man that served in the community. In 1907, Adams purchased property, that was surveyed  from  the boundary lines of College Park to the Annapolis Elkridge Railroad. The property was dedicated and is now known as the J. Albert Adams Academy. He was member of St. Anne's Church, Annapolis, Maryland and is interred at St. Anne's Cemetery. Numerous black men from the community who served as Aldermen. They include; Wiley H. Bates and Raymond Dorsey Garver, son of  incorporator Allen Brown Parker Garver, son of a former slave Jacob Garver of Pa.

              Maryland Day Photos 



Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Announces Grant Awards of $310,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

The Hogan Administration and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) today announced matching grants totaling more than $2.69 million to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, historic preservation, natural resources, cultural and educational organizations for projects involving historic preservation, natural resource protection, and educational programs in 13 designated Heritage Areas.


                                                                                    Capital Grants Awarded 2016

                                                                         Brewer Hill Association, Inc.

The People’s Community of Brewer Hill Cemetery, research of community cemetery burials with associated public programs. 




Conservation,Preservation and Documentation

You Are Not Alone

Thomas Edward Baden was born on March 6, 1880 according to his official Death Certificate in Anne Arundel County. He was the son of Augustus and Louise ? Baden. He passed away on February 16, 1964 and is interred at Brewer Hill Cemetery. Sources: Certificate of Death  Citation :01436

IWilliam George Miller

        Garver Family Plot

Allen B.P., Allen.Hester,Raymond Dorsey, and Annie Elliot Garver are interred in this burial plot.

There are two churches that make Brewer Hill Cemetery a part of their yearly budget.

Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church of Parole and Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church of Annapolis,Maryland

                                                      Thank-you for your support!


IThomas and Hattie Reid Baden interred at Brewer Hill Cemetery. They were the parents of Thomas Baden. Several of their children are interred at the cemetery.

                                                       THE GEORGE H. PHELPS HERITAGE  GARDEN COMMITTEE

                                                                       ADOPT-A-PLOT COMMITTEE:

The Adopt-A-Plot Committee shall assist in development of the administration of the Adopt-A-Plot program of the Historic Brewer Hill Cemetery. The  George H. Phelps Heritage Garden Committee shall help to  assist in maintaining and developing the Heritage Garden section of the Historic Brewer Hill  Cemetery. In honor and memory of Pioneer George H. Phelps,Jr. Mr. Phelps helped to initiate and succesfully carry out our restoration project. He was a committed member of the Brewer Hill Cemetery Association Inc.,President and Founder of the corporation. Mr. George Phelps, Jr., was born in 1926 and passed away on February 15, 2015. Because of his commintment and passion to preserve this piece of our history in time. We would like to memorialize his efforts for his part in the history of Brewer Hill Cemetery.

We are asking everyone to contribute to a part of this part in our history. Since many generations of the original founders and people in the cemetery have passed on. We are asking individuals,families and organizations to adopt-a- plot. Mr. Phelps is not interred in this cemetery. However, his memory will still live on.


This will be a great  Educational Mentoring Program for Girl Scouts,Cub Scouts or perhaphs an extra cirriculiam project for Middle,High School and  College students. We are asking those of you to adopt a tombstone.

  • Research the surname

  • Research where the individual or family lived.

  • What they did for a living.

  • Find them in the census

  • Research the individual or family history back as far as you can.

  • Find a photo,birth,military,marriage or a newspaper article.

  • Take care of this marker by making a tax- deductible contribution. This will help with perpetual care. 

  •                         How will you benefit from this Adopt-A- Plot Program?

  • You will receive your official adoption papers and certificate for the individual endangered marker or tombstone.

  • You will be given credit for your participation in this historic cemetery project.

                             Death Certificate


                          Genealogy Requests

We are happy to respond to requests for lot locations of deceased family members as a service to our visitors. It is best to submit your request in writing.

As we are a non-profit cemetery, we reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for research that is requested and takes significant time to complete. Submit a request form.

  • Research Fee – Members:  $20.00 per hour;  Non-members:  $25.00 per hour

  • Minimum Request - 1 hour of research.   Payment must accompany your request.

  • Copy Fee for successful results - $25.00 per copy, plus postage (if required)

  • We cannot guarantee that a search will be successful, and the research fee is not refundable. There are many people with the same first and last names and accurate information must be provided for Death Certificates. All burials have not been documented. 












I'm William Diggs, past Cemetery Sexton of the People's Cemetery of Anne Arundel County. Prior to becoming the caretaker of this cemetery there were other people who maintained the cemetery. Many of them were former slaves who could not read or write. However, they knew exactly where everyone was buried. There are slaves,businessmen and women interred in this cemetery that I once maintained. Military men and women who served in the wars that have claimed many lives. There are preachers and teachers, Doctors, Lawyers and everyday people who helped to build the African-american churches,schools and communities of which my ancestors lived in. People from within Maryland and abroad the United States are interred in this cemetery and that includes the unknown people who, were identified as unknown and there are other people from other ethnic backgrounds who's remains are resting in this cemetery the was once maintained by me. Some may have a headstone, footstone or symbolic figure that marks the spot  where they lie in state. Many do not have markers to identify  the spot of where they are interred. With your help we can hopefully identify where they are. Consider joining the Brewer Hill Association,Inc. and make a difference with the preservation of my cemetery.

                        Our Team


   Reginald  M. Harris, Sr.  President       

      Denise Howard, Vice President

     Almaria Coates,  Secretary

     Frank Brown, Treasurer

     Terrence Wright, Communications

                   Volunteer Researchers

              Genealogists and Historians

                      Elinor Thompson

                       Donald Brown

   Maryland Burial Coalition Members

                   Reggie Bishop

           Planning to visit the cemetery?

Take a snapshot of your loved ones marker. It will also help us to document the burial section. Don't let our history be washed away.
Use your GPS and map it.

 We are seeking volunteers for Maryland Day 2020. If you would like to help us.

Please send an e-mail to

Subject line: Volunteer 2020

  Brewer Hill Cemetery Association,Inc.

                        P.O.Box 2086

              Annapolis, Maryland 21401

                Reggie Harris, President



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