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Black Pioneer Cemetery

The Black Pioneer Cemetery is a one-acre cemetery, that lies between the Euharlee Presbyterian and Euharlee Baptist Churches. The cemetery was used for the burial of enslaved individuals in Euharlee prior to the Civil War and for African American residents of the area through the early 1900s. Most of the graves were originally unmarked. By the 1990s, the cemetery was overgrown and virtually forgotten by many in Euharlee. The Euharlee Historical Society, the Etowah Valley Historical Society, and the City of Euharlee undertook the task of clearing the cemetery and identifying graves in the late 1990s. EVHS member, Carl Etheridge conducted an investigation to determine the location of the graves in the cemetery. Using dowsing rods and probes, over three hundred graves were found. Of the 333 known burials in the cemetery, only two individuals have been identified: Het Powell, a freedwoman, midwife and a local man named Jim Scott. Ongoing efforts to identify individuals or families that maybe laid to rest here are ongoing. In August 2002, the Euharlee Historical Society erected and dedicated a permanent marker in memory of those buried. In 2007, Eagle Scout John Daniels and his troop placed wooden crosses at each grave. The Memorial that stands gives Het's year of death as 1890 but with time and further research we know that she lived until at least 1920 as confirmed by the 1920 census where she is living with her daughter. That gives us confidence to believe that burials were taking place up until the 1920's.

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Het Powell
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