Linger awhile and walk with me into the shadowy mist that was yesterday. Stroll across the faded pages of history and from our hardships learn the ways of a better life. Pass me not for I am the spirit of your ancestors. In your veins flow my blood and the blood of my fathers. Linger awhile, if only for a moment and through your thoughts I will know I am remembered.
Pole Bridge Cemetery is small African American cemetery located near Old Byler Road, NE of Highway 43. The cemetery is located on the grounds of Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church. There are about 100+ graves; some marked with headstones and some graves are unmarked. The cemetery is well maintained by the church.
The first African American church and the oldest in the area, Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery was established in 1885 shortly after the end of the Civil War. Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church first structure was a brush arbor; made from poles, which was constructed by former slaves, was on a hilltop located above the home of Reverend Dock Crummie. March 1, 1893, land was deeded to the Church by the late Brother Johnson Taylor.
Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church used the Prewitt Slave Cemetery as its burial ground. Although, owned and established by John Welch Prewitt as his slave cemetery. After the war, Prewitt and his family assisted the freed African American in many ways including permission and encouragement for them to use the slave cemetery as the burial ground for their new church. However, the community and church members started using the cemetery at the church. Pole Bridge Cemetery is down the road (not far) from the Prewitt Slave Cemetery.
Holly Springs Baptist Church and Cemetery is an offspring of Pole Bridge Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery.
⇒Updated and written by Jackie and JD Prewitt July 5, 2011 and July 11, 2014. © do not use any content on this page, images or links without prior permission.
GPS Coordinates: 33.39789, -87.59306
- Added: 17 Mar 2013
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2488918
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