Saint Annes Episcopal Chapel Cemetery

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Saint Annes Episcopal Chapel Cemetery

Also known as Pender Cemetery

3767 Howard Avenue
Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
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St. Anne's Chapel, located outside of Tarboro, near the old Pender's Crossroads (present day McNair Road and Howard Avenue Extension), began as a mission church for Calvary. According to a research report by Edgecombe Community College graduate Betty Holland, the history of St. Anne's Mission Church dates back to 1913.

The church was built on William T. Gray's plantation and known as Oak Grove, the chapel served parishioners from 1913 to 1965. A wooden church was constructed in 1913. In 1925, Miss Eliza and Miss Penelope Gray had the brick chapel constructed and named St. Anne's in memory of their mother William Anne Pender Gray. The church was designed by a German architect, a Mr. Koch, who used a Gothic style; the church's brass bell had been made in Philadelphia.

The church, no longer used after the death of the Gray sisters, was deconsecrated by the rector in 1965. The brass bell and the stained glass windows were given to Christ Church in Rocky Mount, but the large stained glass window in memory of Emerelda is in its original position. The pews were given to St. Michael's, another mission church in Tarboro. Unfortunately, the silver cross over the arch was stolen, and the original light fixtures had been broken by vandals.

Today St. Anne's is managed by Kevin Wilson and his wife Trish. They rent out the chapel for small weddings, receptions, reunions, and even to a new congregation who meets there on Sunday mornings.


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GPS Coordinates: 35.89314, -77.59289

  • Added: 14 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2457612