Featured A.M.E. Gravestone – Robert Sandford

Section:  African Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Medium-sized stone with some discoloration and lichen, has a vertical crack on the left and some chipping along the bottom.  This is one of only two decorated stones in the A.M.E. lot and features an urn surrounded by deep-carved stylized vines.

Inscription:  In memory of Robert Sandford, who died Sept. 2nd, 1825, in the 45th year of his age.  Go home my friends and dry up your tears, My dust lies here until Christ appears, Repent in time what time you have, There is no repentance in the grave.

This stone is listed in the Common Council inventory, though the name appears in the list as “Sandtford.”  I have not yet been able to locate any census data or other records for him.  He was born before emancipation in New York State, but it isn’t known if he was born a slave or free.  By the time of his death, he or his relatives were able to afford this handsomely carved stone.  As noted above, it is one of only two gravestones in the A.M.E. lot to feature such decorative carving.

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