Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
African-American Rosemere Cemetery
On February 9, 1876, the City of Opelika paid D.B. Preston $80 for two acres of land to establish an African-American section of Rosemere Cemetery. This rectangular area of the cemetery contains 176 blocks, with 16 being partial blocks. A full block has 32 grave spaces. Dr. John Wesley Darden (1876-1949) settled in Opelika in 1903. He became the first African-American doctor within a 30 mile radius. He married Miss Maude Jean Logan. After they were married, Dr. and Mrs. Darden made house calls in his horse and buggy. Dr. Darden opened a drug store on Avenue A and recruited his brother, John Benjamin "J.B." Darden, as his partner. J.B. had recently graduated and was a registered pharmacist. Two other doctors are also buried here: Dr. William F. Clark (1882-1966) and Dr. Eugene A. Lindsey (1888-1955).
Erected 2013 by the City of Opelika.
Location. 32° 38.025′ N, 85° 23.294′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Street and Auburn Street, on the left when traveling north on Long Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1710 Long Street, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Rosemere Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Rosemere Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Darden House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (approx. one mile away); Railroad Avenue Historic District (approx. one mile away); South Railroad Avenue (approx. one mile away); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
Also see . . . Opelika's Rosemere cemeteries dedicated to state historic register oanow.com. (Submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 450 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.