Blakely Graveyard

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Blakely Graveyard

Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas, USA Add to Map
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Established in 1819, when John L Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Salt Works died. John's Mother In Law, Mary Lawson created the first Methodist Church on this site, and the cemetery upon his death. This is a historical site, located near 2nd and 4th streets. The cemetery was closed in 1869 and some of the graves were moved to Rose Hill Cemetery.

The book Arkansas: a guide to the state written in 1958 by the Federal Writers Project makes note of this cemetery when mentioning the Salt Works:
The shade in the small cedar enclosed Cemetery is almost deep enough to create the effect of twilight. Honeysuckle trails over stones marking quiet graves almost hidden by beds of white and purple iris.

Historical Plaque:
Blakely Graveyard Cemetery
Clark County, Arkansas
East & South of this point was THE BLAKELY GRAVEYARD

In this first public burying place of the ccommunity, the early settlers were interred.

It remained in use until 1869 when it was closed to future burials by the City Council.

In tribute to the pioneers this marker was placed by the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 1967.

Third & Crittenden Steet, Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas.

  • Added: 24 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2427668