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Near Oak Ridge in Roane County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wheat Community

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
1. Wheat Community Marker
Inscription.  John Henry and Elizabeth Inman Welcker owned and operated a plantation named Laurel Banks as early as 1810, and possibly 1805. This plantation was located along the banks of the Clinch River, where the East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly the K-25) Plant now stands. John Henry died in 1838 and Elizabeth died in 1840. In 1847, George Hamilton Gallaher, Sr. bought Laurel Banks. According to the 1860 Roane County Census George Gallaher, Sr.'s personal estate was valued at $36,000. This includes $25,000 worth of real estate and at least 19 slaves. This cemetery, now named The Wheat Community African American Burial Ground, was formerly known as Atomic Energy Commission Cemetery #2 - Slave Cemetery and was sometimes referred to as the Gallaher - Stone Cemetery. In 1979, Dorothy Moneymaker, a resident of the Wheat Community, counted between 90 and 100 graves with no inscribed markers located within the cemetery. It is presumed that slaves who once belonged to the Welckers and Gallahers and some of their descendants are buried here. It is also possible that slaves and their descendants who lived on other farms in the area are buried here. Some of
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By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
2. Wheat Community Marker
the other families that owned slaves and lived in the vicinity were the Burums, Carmichaels, Staples, Henleys, Ellis, and Rathers. We will never know the names of those buried here.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 35° 55.086′ N, 84° 23.741′ W. Marker is near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Roane County. Marker is on Oak Ridge Turnpike (State Highway 58) 0.2 miles north of Bear Creek Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston TN 37763, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. K-25 Plant (approx. 0.4 miles away); Building K-1000 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Poplar Creek Seminary (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Wheat Community (approx. 1.8 miles away); Erected in Memory of New Bethel Baptist Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); For the Union (approx. 7.4 miles away); Capitol for a Day (approx. 7.4 miles away); Roane County War of 1812 Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
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By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
3. Wheat Community African Burial Ground
Wheat Community African Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
4. Wheat Community African Burial Ground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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