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The McConnico Cemetery is also known as the McConnico-Steele Cemetery. Its history goes back to the mid-1800s when William Washington McConnico donated the land. He set aside a parcel large enough to accommodate his friends and neighbors in that part of Monroe County, but there were also African-American and Creek Indian friends for whom he felt had need, in what was then a bustling and growing community along the river. Thus, a section was designated for white folks (McConnico), as was the custom in those times, and a large portion for his Indian and African-American friends (Steele). The cemetery was divided down the middle, separated by a fence and thin woods of cedar, privet, and camellia shrubs. Community gates would be provided so that easement onto the grounds would be easy and convenient. The McConnico section is to the north and the Steele section is to the south. There were other large cemeteries in the area (Claiborne Community Cemetery and the Claiborne Jewish Cemetery), but at times when mule and wagon was the primary transportation, those places were not convenient to Perdue Hill.
Driving directions to the cemetery are quite simple. From Monroeville take Hwy-84 west toward the Alabama River. At the township of Perdue Hill turn left onto CR-1. Stay on CR-1 for approximately 1 mile. The cemetery is on the left. If driving from Mobile, head north on Hwy-43 toward Grove Hill, Alabama. At the 43/84 interchange head east toward the Alabama River. Cross the river and Perdue hill is just ahead. Turn right onto CR-1 and continue to the McConnico cemetery. Total driving time is about 1.25 hour. The vehicle gates are locked at all times but walking path gates are always open. There is ample parking on all sides of the cemetery.