Shelby County Cemetery (defunct)

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Shelby County Cemetery (defunct)
Also known as:  County Cemetery, Potters Field

More than 30,000 people, including victims of yellow fever epidemics, stillborn babies, and paupers were buried in the old Shelby County Cemetery on North Watkins between 1890 and 1965. There were no markers placed for the interments. In the mid-1960s the property was sold for use as a community center and many, but not all, of the remains were transferred to the new Shelby County Cemetery on Ellis Road in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2003 the "Frayser Memorial Garden" was erected as tribute to those who had been interred at the site.

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GPS Coordinates: 35.2042, -90.0058

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #17369