HBTSA-8.1: 500+ Graves Marked in Mound Bayou Cemetery Inventory

Ms. Myrna Smith-Thompson and AmeriCorps team assess headstone / photo courtesy of Ms. DeVoyce C. Morris
Ms. Myrna Smith-Thompson and AmeriCorps team assess headstone / photo courtesy of Ms. DeVoyce C. Morris

For the past two weeks an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team has been in the field documenting the historic Mound Bayou, Mississippi Cemetery and other historic properties. Ms. Myrna Smith-Thompson (International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor ) and Ms. DeVoyce C. Morris (Mound Bayou Historical Commission ) reported this week that more than 500 graves have been identified. Approximately one third of the graves do not have headstones or permanent markers. An up to date cemetery roster and grave count for the one hundred and twenty seven year old community was not available until the current project was initiated. The eight AmeriCorps team members are also

AmeriCorps team collects grave location field notes
AmeriCorps team collects grave location field notes

compiling information on the appearance and locations of the permanent headstones and monuments. In addition, twenty landmark trees (12 inch, or larger trunk diameter) are included in the documentation of the 5.7 acre cemetery tract.  The data will serve as the foundation for advanced genealogy and community history research and educational programs in the near future.

The cemetery dates from c.1890, and is a contributing property in the Mound Bayou National Register Historic District (48 acres) designated in 2013.

Everett Fly is providing historic preservation, cultural landscape interpretation and field documentation expertise for the project.

HBTSA-8: Mound Bayou Cemetery Clean Up & Inventory

Mound Bayou Cemetery and AmeriCorps Team
Mound Bayou Cemetery and AmeriCorps Team

The Mound Bayou Historical Commission and the International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor fraternal organization (est. 1872) is sponsoring an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) project for basic documentation and clean up work of the historic Mound Bayou, Mississippi Cemetery and other historic properties.

The cemetery dates from c.1890, and is a

Mound Bayou Cemetery Memorial – photo courtesy of Mrs. Myrna Smith-Thompson
Mound Bayou Cemetery Memorial – photo courtesy of Mrs. Myrna Smith-Thompson

contributing property in the Mound Bayou National Register Historic District (48 acres) designated in 2013.   The total number of burials in the cemetery is not known, but preliminary observations by the AmeriCorps NCCC team indicates that there are more than three hundred graves. The team will spend the balance of the week in the field identifying and flagging as many graves as possible before beginning any clean up tasks.  The eight AmeriCorps NCCC workers are also locating the headstones, landmark trees, plots and plot dimensions by field measurements.  The oldest markers date from the last decades of the 19th century and include classical and vernacular monument styles.  Co-founders of the historic Black town, Isiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green, are buried in the cemetery.

Everett Fly is providing historic preservation, cultural landscape interpretation and field documentation expertise for the project.

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