Canady family traces history to slavery

In 1929, Little Jim Canady's family could not afford the luxury of a conventional grave marker, but his son, Ira Canady Sr., took measures to ensure this burial site would never be lost. Though many impoverished survivors traditionally employed large rocks to designate a burial site, Ira Canady Sr. at age 29, manifested his family's ingenious and pragmatic traits by choosing a long iron pole topped with a ring that he salvaged from an old farm implement to identify the grave in rural Little Rocky Cemetery, northeast of Cameron off FM 2095. Read More … [Read more...]

Mystery Florida Graveyard May Be Historical Bahamian Cemetery

An unmarked cemetery found in South Florida is believed to be the burial site of over 500 Bahamians, Florida officials say. Florida historian, Larry Wiggins, says he believes the site is of the Lemon City Cemetery, a cemetery for settlers from the Bahamas who went to South Florida in the early 1900s to tend to wealthy whites, and to help build Florida’s most cosmopolitan city. Teresita DeVeaux, a 100-year-old woman who was born in the Bahamas and moved to Miami as a child during the early 1900s, told international media that she remembered that a young man named Theophilus Clark was … [Read more...]

Black families used south Bibb County cemetery beyond slavery era, DOT finds

It’s perhaps a little ironic that history is coming alive at a graveyard. In south Bibb County near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, archaeologists have been working since April on behalf of the Georgia Department of Transportation to uncover a cemetery of unmarked graves. Originally, it was thought that the cemetery served as the final resting place only for the slaves who worked on the McArthur family plantation. But Hugh Matternes, a mortuary archaeologist for New South Associates, pointed to recent evidence found at the grave sites — including bits of pottery and a metal coffin handle … [Read more...]

Cemetery serves as silent sentinel of black history

Grand qualities have elevated Mount Hope to the National Register of Historic Places, a rare honor for a graveyard. Just off Fayetteville Street south of downtown, it contains a cross-section of Raleigh's black history: Former slaves, barbers, shoemakers, professors and Raleigh's first black mayor rest under Mount Hope's rolling hills. Read More … [Read more...]

Historic cemetery restored, dedicated

For years, the final resting place of two freed slaves and their descendants lay forgotten, covered by leaves and brush off of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway. After the cemetery was rediscovered last year, staff from the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) and volunteers worked to clean up and document the small wooded plot where Uncle John and Jane Burgess and 16 family members are buried. Read More … [Read more...]

Put to work, inmates clear historic cemetery

The Mount Auburn Cemetery - thought to be the city's oldest cemetery open to black residents - was until recently overrun with honeysuckle vines, brambles and small trees. But today, a crew of inmates using hand tools has cleared enough underbrush that headstones are now visible, and the first step toward restoration is under way. Read More … [Read more...]

Love Cemetery

Love Cemetery is the story of small community in the south decides to put together a bi-racial interfaith group to reclaim a bit of African American history. … [Read more...]