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Help, Endangered Cemetery

Dear Forum:

I need your help. Our family has a cemetery with slaves buried there that is endangered. The older generation has just about died out. I lost my Mother on May 22nd, and all of her children are at odds with each other. Most could careless about their family heritage and don't know much about their roots. I find our history intriguing to say the least. I'm afraid that our cemetery in truly in danger.
1. It has not been recorded officially as a burial ground.
2. It has not been properly named after it's founder "Frank Baldwin"
3. It was origninally designated for family burial on the old maps with no specific name.
4. How do I bring it up under NC, preservation?
5. Many of the slaves held on the Swindell Plantation and William Baldwin Plantation in Columbus and Bladen County North Carolina are interred there, many with no markers.
My Mother wanted to see the cemetery honored, mapped, marked, legally designated before she passed this May and family members who owned the ajacent road going to the cemetery and who's land was deeded to them from my ancesters would not submit the proper documents or give permission to get the cemtery surveyed. Please give me some advice. I guess I am the last living descendant of slaves held on that Plantation who would take an initiative to do preserve the cemetery. Please contact me at
Preserving our slave burial ground,
Shelda Baldwing Glover
"Frank Baldwin Cemetery" on Frank Baldwin Road
Welches Creek North Carolina

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Help, Endangered Cemetery
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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