Queer Places:
Slate Hill Cemetery, Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA

At Slate Hill Cemetery is buried Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932), American orator and lecturer. An advocate for the abolition of slavery and for women's suffrage, Dickinson was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress. She lived in Goshen with George and Sallie Ackley (September 16, 1859 – February 7, 1927), and continued to do so for more than forty years. Dickinson and Sallie Ackley were lovers, according to correspondence between Dickinson and Ackley and interviews with George Ackley and his sisters. When Sallie died in 1927, she left $7,000 to Dickinson, with the understanding that upon her death, the remainder would be left to George. Dickinson died in 1932 of cerebral apoplexy. Since she did not leave a will, the remaining $6,000 inheritance went to her distant cousin, rather than to George. George died in 1946. Dickinson is buried near George and Sallie's headstone.


  1. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23160532/sallie-j-ackley