North Carolina USA
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In northern Chapel Hill Township near the Hillsborough Township line at the end of Fletcher Rd./Ourso Dr. (private roads) behind a residence and also to the rear of a new lot of the "Waterstone" development which abuts the older Fletcher Rd./Ourso Dr. properties on the south and west. Access only across private property.
In 1977 there were 3 marked graves and 3 fading funeral markers. In 2006 the stone inscribed "J. H." was not found and the markers were not seen, but death records are on file in Orange Co. for these 3 persons as well as for Harvey W. Clark There are a undetermined number of burials marked by depressions and/or fieldstones.
This African-American cemetery, established probably in the 1880s, is abandoned and unattended and overgrown with trees. In 1977 it was thought to be some 200 X 250 feet in size. A low stone wall is still partially evident on the south and east sides, and the terrain slopes downward to the SW. There was an old road, still visible on 2003 aerial photography, that ran south from what is now the prison camp/Department of Transportation area near Hillsborough and the church stood along this road. The church is shown on George W. Tate's 1891 Map of Orange County. The building was destroyed by fire years ago. The cemetery is some 200 feet Northeast of the old road. A note records that it was "perhaps called the Joppa-Clark Cemetery locally" referring to several of the families buried there. Harvey Clark, buried here, was a leading member of the church and the ancestor of persons buried in the Clark Family Cemetery. A schoolhouse, called "Harvey Clark's Schoolhouse," once stood near the cemetery and church.
GPS Coordinates: 36 02 32.9 N 79 05 27.8 W