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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Slave Cemetery
1800s
 
Slave Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
1. Slave Cemetery Marker
 
Inscription. This cemetery site was used as a burial ground for slaves who lived on both the Peter Blow and Job Key plantations from 1811 to 1865. Dred Scott's first wife and their two children are believed to have been buried here. The cemetery continued to be used through the early 1900s.
 
Erected by Oakwood Historical Site.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 34° 44.667′ N, 86° 39.449′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Liberty Lane near H.L. Cleveland Way, in the median. Click for map. Marker and cemetery are located adjacent to the Oakwood Memorial Gardens west of Wynn Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakwood College (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Oakwood College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grissom White Chaffee (approx. 2.3 miles away); Schirra Eisele Cunningham / Borman Lovell Anders (approx. 2.3 miles away); McDivitt Scott Schweickart / Stafford Young Cernan (approx. 2.3 miles away); Saturn V (approx. 2.3 miles away); Armstrong Collins Aldrin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Conrad Gordon Bean (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Slave Cemetery Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
2. Slave Cemetery Entrance
 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
3. Slave Cemetery
 
 
Slave Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
4. Slave Cemetery Marker
In Dedication April 4, 1999
In the annals of history simple things often illustrate great things. Sacrifice, courage, bravery, great deeds or exploits. So it is with this cemetery. Established more than one hundred years age - slaves - black men and women, caught up in the inextricable chains of bondage, buried their loved ones on this site from the Job Key and Peter Blow plantations (the latter where Dred Scott hailed) not the site of Oakwood College; from other plantations and homesteads they buried them - slaves and former slaves we remember them. We honor them.
Delbert W. Baker, President, Oakwood College
 
 
Slave Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
5. Slave Cemetery Marker
Central stone, north face.
 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
6. Slave Cemetery Marker
If they believe on
Him, His cleansing
blood is applied to
them. The black
man's name is
written in the book
of life beside the
white man's. All are
one in Christ.
Birth, station,
nationality, or color
cannot elevate or
degrade men. The
character makes
the man.

Ellen White,
Southern Work, 1891
 
 
Slave Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
7. Slave Cemetery Marker
South-side marker stone
 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
8. Slave Cemetery Marker
And when this transient life shall end, oh, may some kind, eternal friend bid me from servitude ascend, forever!
The Slave's Complaint
 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
9. Slave Cemetery Marker
Some o'dese mornin's bright and fair, I thank God I'm free at las', gwineter meet my Jesus in de middle of de air, I thank God I'm free at las'
 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
10. Slave Cemetery Marker
Dedication plaque on back side of the large stone sign at the entrance (photo #
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,065 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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