Cedar Grove Cemetery – Neglected Treasure

17 Aug

Picture taken by the author

This cemetery, located at the end of Hildebrand Street off Beatties Ford Road near University Park Elementary School is an old African American Graveyard that has been neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. According to the PLCMC Cemetery Database, there are records of approximately 73 burials but these records are not complete due to information being lost, funeral homes changing names, merging or going out of business.

According to the Mecklenburg County Tax Database, the current owners of the cemetery is the Cedar Grove Cemetery Association.


Photo taken by author

J. S. Davidson Headstone.  Picture taken by author.

J. S. Davidson Headstone. Picture taken by author.

The cemetery is overgrown with weeds and other plant life.  It is a shame that this cemetery has been neglected, but with families dying out and moving out of town and the scarcity of records it has been hard to maintain the grounds.  But all is not lost.  There are some people, led by Ken Koontz, a former Public Affairs Director at WBTV (Channel 3) who are trying to save the cemetery and make sure that people don’t forget that this cemetery is still in existence.

If you know of a family member who may be buried at Cedar Grove or you would like to help in saving and preserving a part of West Charlotte history, please let me know.

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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in History, Places


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