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Secluded Secret Cemetery?

My group’s experience today for our cemetery visitation was an adventure. We were assigned to visit the Smalley Anti-Slavery Cemetery but after driving for an hour searching, stopping to ask directions, and calling Dr. Stockton (to no avail) we had to give up and head back to Georgetown for our remaining classes for the day. I found it very strange that the cemetery was so difficult to find; why wouldn’t a  historically important cemetery have a sign announcing its location? Even the people working at a local apartment complex (where we stopped to ask for directions) had never even heard of the cemetery. So, we decided to revisit the Old Georgetown Cemetery on our way back to campus so that we could still complete our cemetery inventory, even if for the wrong cemetery. Photos of our drive searching for Smalley Anti-Slavery and of our visit to Old Georgetown Cemetery are attached. Something that struck me about the Old Georgetown Cemetery that I hadn’t really paid much attention to last time we visited was the (attempted?) mausoleum in the far back corner of the ‘white’ side. I’ve never seen a mausoleum constructed of just stoned pieced together for makeshift walls. This made me wonder who had erected the walls and why. Obviously, the separation in the cemetery was also very striking and upsetting. The earliest burial site we saw was from 1820 and the most recent was the hand carved burial site of some one who passed away in 1901. Strangely, this grave had flowers on top of it despite being still very old. There wasn’t much signage for the cemetery, I’m unsure if the name ‘Old Georgetown Cemetery’ was even marked anywhere. The historical marker was very vague and was unclear as to why the cemetery is historically significant.

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  1. 4lillie5
    January 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    In addition- I googled the Smalley Anti-Slavery Cemetery and found almost nothing. Mysterious?

  2. krcoleman
    January 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    That’s really interesting that there were no distinguishing markers or anything to point you toward your cemetery. While the only thing actually within Rocky Hollow Cemetery which seemed to give it a name was the historical marker, there was a sign on the road just before the turn for the cemetery which indicated where it was. It seems a little sketchy that there’s almost nothing about an Anti-Slavery Cemetery which, presumably, should be a pretty significant monument.

  3. rh567
    January 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I had a similar experience. However, I did eventually find my cemetery. It was right across from Wolf Ranch and Target! What do ya’ know! I think it is a devastation for a community when a city or town refuses to acknowledge it’s history and its own problems. By covering up cemeteries, such as the Anti-Slavery Cemetery, we are disregarding hundreds of lives. I am so glad that we have a class in which we can begin to understand the truth about our past.

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