Elvira Dyangani Ose

  • Abney Park Cemetery in London. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Where we’re at: London, Dublin


    I LIVE BY A CEMETERY called Abney Park, a Victorian resting place for nonconformists and their families. Among those buried there are Joanna Vassa (1795–1857), the daughter of the renowned abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and an Englishwoman named Susannah Cullen, and Thomas Canry Caulker (1846–1859)—the son of Richard Canreba Caulker, the chief of Bumpe who worked to end the slave trade in what is now Sierra Leone—who died in Islington at age thirteen. Abney Park is also an unmanicured arboretum, the first in Europe integrated with a cemetery. Within its overgrown arches of