Tombstone Inscriptions from Black CemeteriesCompiled by Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
in Henderson County, Tennessee
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1995
Located in east Henderson County about 7 miles north of the juncture of Darden-Christian Chapel Road and Highway 20 via the former road, Perryville Exchange and Hemby Roads. (About 8.3 miles east of the Lexington city limits at Highway 20, one turns north on to the Darden-Christian Chapel Road.) In the "Newsletter" of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society, volume one, number one, April 1969, page 38 is a brief listing of some of the white persons' tombstones in this Moore Cemetery with a comment from Mrs. Henry M. Ervin, Jackson, Tennessee, "There are several slaves buried in the cemetery with unmarked graves." There is no evidence, now, whatever of such graves. However, Mrs. Ervin [stated] to the present compiler, in a personal conversation, March 28, 1995, that she knew from older relatives that there were Moore slaves buried "in the back of the cemetery, to the right as you go in the gate"; i.e. east side, southeast corner. These were slaves of Presley Moore (1798-1850) and his relatives.
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