“Most people are not aware that there are quite a few African American graves there and many of them date from the origins of the cemetery in 1835. I didn’t even know there were there,” says committee member Pat Rogers. The earliest of the African American graves in East End are slaves.
It is estimated that as many as 200 African Americans are buried in East End. Only seven of these graves have a marker. The area in the center of the cemetery that appears to be open space is the location of these graves.
“Tradition and family history gives us the first clue to these graves,” says committee Chair Paul Fourshee. “I first became aware of these graves in talking with the cemetery caretaker, Keidell Bridges, many years ago,” remarked Fourshee.
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