|11939 Bull Slough Road|
Postal Code: 35475
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Pole Bridge Cemetery is small African American cemetery located near Old Byler Road, NE of Highway 43. The cemetery is located on the grounds of Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church. There are about 200+ graves; some marked with headstones and some graves are unmarked. The cemetery is well maintained by the church. The church and cemetery was built on land that was donated by Johnson Prewitt.
The first African American church and the oldest in the area, Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery was established in 1875 shortly after the end of the Civil War. Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church first structure was a brush arbor; made from poles, which was constructed by former slaves, was on a hilltop located above the home of Reverend Dock Crummie.
Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church used the Prewitt Slave Cemetery as its burial ground. Although, owned and established by John Welch Prewitt as his slave cemetery. After the war, Prewitt and his family assisted the freed African American in many ways including permission and encouragement for them to use the slave cemetery as the burial ground for their new church. However, the community and church members started using the cemetery at the church. Pole Bridge Cemetery is a few miles from the Prewitt Slave Cemetery.
Holly Springs Baptist Church and Cemetery is an offspring of Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery.
Updated by JD and Jackie Prewitt July 5, 2011.