Grove Hill Cemetery

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Grove Hill Cemetery

2919 Fayetteville Street
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorials 354 added (1% photographed)

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Please note that all but 2 of the names listed in this cemetery were extracted from the Durham County Vital Records office Death Notices. There is only one Set stone. That of Mrs. Mary Caston Langley. The memorial that was placed for Blind Boy Fuller is not the exact Location of his burial.

There is also no exhumation or removal records listed for this cemetery with the State Archives.

Grove Hill Cemetery is an African-American burial ground. It is unattended and unused, and is on private property,

On 23 Feb 1933 0. K. Ferrell sold to Charles H. and Bessie E. McLaurin 2.21 acres, which at the time was outside the city limits. At the time Mr. McLaurin operated a funeral home at 1108 Fayetteville St. and resided at 1708 Fayetteville St

The first burial (Roosevelt Alford) took place on 27 April 1933; the last one (Helen Dean) occurred on 21 Jan 1943. Most of the burials were under the direction of McLaurin's Funeral Home with a few by other undertakers - Carolina, Mangum, and Woodward.

Just over a year after her husband's death on 10 February 1947 Bessie McLaurin sold the property containing the cemetery to William A. and Essie S. Amey. William Amey operated Amey's Funeral Home from his residence. Apparently Mr. Amey did not reinitiate burials at the cemetery, and the land sat unattended and unused for some 22 years.

In 1961 William Amey sold .62 acres consisting of a 67 foot strip on the north side of the property to the Durham Board of Education. This is now part of the Fayetteville Street School site at 2905 Fayetteville Street. The transaction reduced the size of the lot on which the cemetery sat to 1.59 acres. In 1963 another small amount was taken from the Fayetteville Street side for street widening, leaving the present 1.409 acres.

In late 1971 Mr. Amey constructed a building for his business on the cemetery property.

William A. Amey died on 11 Aug 1981. In December, 1981 Essie Amey sold this property, to Robert C. Brooks Mr. Brooks took a mortgage on the property from the Amey family

On 15 May 1984 Steele Realty, Inc. assumed the loan on the property in a multiple transaction.

In December 1997 the property on which the cemetery is located was owned by the Kiddie Prep School, Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated on 2 Jul 1984.


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GPS Coordinates: 35.96359, -78.90603

  • Added: 1 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1608907