Sardis Cemetery

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Sardis Cemetery

Location
Choctaw County, Alabama, USA
Memorials 19 added (79% photographed)

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The Sardis Cemetery is a more or less abandoned cemetery in the woods behind the old building that was the Sardis C.M.E. Church on Alabama State Hwy 10, approximately 1 mile northwest of the intersection of Hwy 10 and County Road 30 in Pushmataha, Choctaw Co, AL.

The cemetery was originally affiliated with the Sardis Methodist Church whose date of establishment is unknown. The earliest death still found on a monument in the cemetery is that of Lucretia Shackelford who died July 4, 1843. Like many churches of the old south, the church had a mixed white and black membership which split following the Civil War. Unlike most churches, the white membership left the church in the hands of it's black members and moved mainly into the Pushmataha Methodist Church. The remaining members reestablished the old church as the Sardis C.M.E. Church. Though most who moved their membership began using the Pushmataha Episcopal Cemetery, at least some continued to be interred at Sardis, possibly as in the case of James & Susan Gilder to rest beside family members already there.

The cemetery is mostly overgrown with pine and hardwood. Based on the distances between the existing monuments, the cemetery was at least 50 feet by 100 feet. There are many depressions in rows indicating a number of unmarked graves.

Some cartographers have on their maps mistakenly labeled the Rehobeth Baptist Cemetery in Pushmataha as the Sardis Cemetery.

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GPS Coordinates: 32.20645, -88.36412

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #26087