One of the most historical cemeteries in my area I would say has to be the Jackson Cemetery. It was part of the town that was called Rossville and where the Randolph Slaves from Virgina came and settled after being deemed free. You can faintly see the word “African” above the Jackson Cemetery sign which is beginning to fade over time.
There’s supposed to be 48 families buried here plus 9 Civil War veterans unfortunately there’s little evidence of their graves at this point in time. I found a couple of remnants of the past with two very small tombstones. This taller tombstone might have yielded some information if I had a piece of paper and had done a crayon rubbing but it was almost completely washed flat!
If you weren’t looking down you might just miss this one! There’s very little remaining of what I would believe to be a tombstone.
I found three grave markers, just simple flat tombstones, in the entire cemetery. Here’s a picture of two of them.
Another point worth mentioning is that Springcreek Township has now renamed this cemetery! It is now called Rossville Historical Cemetery. You can see this sign behind Princess’ head in the first image over her shoulder if you look closely. I have included a close up picture for you below.
Another sign adorns this historical area that was donated by the DAR in memory of the Free Randolph Slaves.
History both confounds me and amazes me! I am so glad that the Randolph Slaves were able to make a home in the area before they passed on although I am sure that each of their lives were heroic in it’s own right.
Today is Day 4 of our local travel challenge be sure to check out all the details. Each day is open for other family travel bloggers to participate in #30Places30Days.
Participating in today’s topic are Kathy from Kathy’s Cluttered Mind with her Historic Oakland Cemetery – Sights, Symbols & Stories and Leigh from Campfires&Concierges with her Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery post.
Wow, super interesting! It’s amazing to see “born a slave, died free” – it must have been a huge source of pride for their families to be able to say that!
Yes, I bet it was. I cannot imagine how tough life was for those who were freed!