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West Cemetery

The West Cemetery on Route 177 (next to exit 33 off Route 72) contains the graves of John C. and Harriet H. North. The Nortons hid escaping slaves in their Plainville house, which was demolished in the 1960s but is commemorated by a marker at the Ideal Machinery Company, 109 East Main Street. Etched in Memory by Charles Norton contains recollections of the family’s antislavery activities. The Norton graves are midway back between the two driveways. Also located in the cemetery are the graves of five African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War with the all-black Connecticut Twenty-Ninth and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment.


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