African American Cemeteries Forum
Cemetery book valuable new asset for researchers
Betty Rodgers, local historian, said it best: "The book is a work of love by those who documented and did the footwork, and is a phenomenal job by those who stood until the last of the information had been edited and printed."
The project that got nicknamed "The Book" is a beautiful hard-bound deluxe edition of 719 pages containing nearly 50,000 names of those interred in the more than 250 cemeteries inside Jackson County, including all cities, communities and rural areas. A byproduct of the research was the discovery of lost cemeteries and, in some cases, improved cemetery care.
The first publication that includes all known African-American cemeteries, the book also has more than 50 cemeteries that have never been previously recorded.
Editor Else Martin's footnotes add genealogical information to many of the entries. Military buffs will discover a number of military graves that have been identified. Maps are provided for many of the cemeteries. A description of each
cemetery's location is included and often contains interesting historical information on the cemetery. A comprehensive index lists first and last names for ease of searching. In many cases, it even includes cross-referencing by maiden names of married women