Shelby City African American Cemetery

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Shelby City African American Cemetery

Shelby City, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
Memorials 180 added (17% photographed)

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Though now going through rehabilitation through the efforts of many volunteer hours, this extremely over-grown cemetery is actually in Lincoln County, known as Shelby City African American Cemetery, or Short Acres Cemetery, It is located on the left side of Short Acres Road (formerly "Givens Lane"), about 4/10 miles in, off old US Hwy 127 (now KY 300). The cemetery is approximately 2.4 acres.

Over the past few years, over 240 fieldstone burials have been located and marked with PVC pipe, which has made it possible to visualize rows of burials. Now that the brush has been cleared and most of the cemetery can be mowed, our next task is to re-set and repair many of the stones that had fallen over, or have been damaged. Several have been done including Green and Maggie Caldwell, Maggie Carpenter, Lucinda and Alex Givens, Reed Givins, Bell Ross Kenley, Allen Motley, William Scott, and Jordan Wallace (new stone).

The entrance to the cemetery was originally on the north side, near the old L&N Tracks; hearses would come up present-day Johnson Lane, then called "Cemetery Road" or "Cemetery Lane." Givens Lane, now Short Acres Road, originally went through into Lincoln County.

A web page containing information and photos for this cemetery is at

Stones for eight people had been photographed under the Lincoln County Rootsweb site.


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GPS Coordinates: 37.57602, -84.77729

  • Added: 12 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2452958