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Saving African American Cemeteries

Discussion on how to acquire and receive assistance for the upkeep of known, abandoned black cemetary plots and churchland.

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Sumter County, FL Plans to Move Historic African American Cemetery 1 Reply

Started by Toni Carrier. Last reply by Lowcountry Africana Oct 2, 2009.

Old Black Cemetery Section - Elmwood Cemetery, Mexico, Missouri

Started by Porsha A. Williams Aug 19, 2009.

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Comment by Family Griot on January 30, 2010 at 9:00am
Its been a while since I've been on here. So Porsha, what's on the agenda for 2010? Have you found any AA cemeteries, public or private that we can assist in saving or restoring?
Comment by Porsha A. Williams on August 2, 2009 at 3:16pm
Hi Sherry!

I'm going to forward this information to a group I know that may have more information; I'll get back with you, or put them in touch with you ASAP!

Comment by Sherry Hightower on July 31, 2009 at 8:01am
Hello All,
I am wondering if anyone here is familiar with the Seals Cartwright Family Cemetery in Houston, Harris County, Texas, serving the old Sheldon Community?

This cemetery, appears to have been rediscovered in 2007 and someone is keeping the grass a degree.

I would like to connect with anyone descended from anyone buried in this cemetery. The names are listed on the marker as the headstones are long gone. The cemetery was originally known as the Sheldon Negro Cemetery when it was in use in the early part of the 1900s although, the most recent verifiable burial was Edward Lativie Cartwright in 2004.

For more info on this cemetery:
SEALS CEMETERY-CARTWRIGHT aka Sheldon Negro Cemetery, (Black cemete...

Seals-Cartwright Family Cemetery on

I did post death certificates when I could find it because the birth & death info wasn't originally posted.
Comment by Kathy Fuller on July 23, 2009 at 3:00pm
Our group works with the Black History Commission of Arkansas on preserving black cemeteries.
Comment by Darlina Shaw on July 22, 2009 at 4:27am
Long forgotten black cemetery discovered in Miami:
Comment by Darlina Shaw on July 20, 2009 at 10:02am
NPR is covering the history of Burr Cemetery here: The first burial was conducted in 1927 under armed guard.
Comment by Family Griot on July 13, 2009 at 12:40pm
Hi Porsche. Very good group here. Glad to see someone else is interested in preservation.
Comment by Mavis Jones on July 11, 2009 at 5:12am
This became an interest of mine after recently confirming my great-grandfather's burial place and receiving pictures of his tombstone and that of one of my grandmother's first cousins. The cemetery in which he is interned is at least 100 years old and in total disrepair. My great grandfather's tombstone is off it's base and just lying on the ground as well as that of my cousin. I understand the graveyard is behind a locked cattle gate. Have no clue if it's private property or not.
Comment by Porsha A. Williams on July 10, 2009 at 6:14pm
By the way, I watched the MSNBC vlog on the Burr Cemetary - I am SO outraged by this. I could never just sit back and watch others desecrating these resting placing. These familes will never have peace of mind - there is NO WAY the county or the city could afford the costly DNA testing to figure out whose parts belong to whom - only the very richest families may be able to do so. Shocked and appalled!
Comment by Porsha A. Williams on July 10, 2009 at 6:12pm
Thank you Angela, so much, for your support and discussion on this. My family reunion is on 7/31/09; it's my goal to have PLENTY of documentation to get this started. In particular, a close first cousin of mine plays for the NBA. He's always getting hit up for $$$ regarding family - I hate to be one of the many to ask, but even $1000 would start me in the right direction of getting this land purchased and preserved. I will contact the county commissioner's office to find out what they need to get this land purchased, or in my name for generations to come!

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