Many of the burials in Howe Cemetery are marked with simple rough limestone and sandstone rocks with no inscription evident. A number of others are marked only with temporary funeral home markers which have faded beyond any hope of legibility, or with simple concrete markers that may have had the epitaphs applied with paint that has long since weathered away. In all, less than half of the burials here have any type of legible inscription.
Many of the graves here are said to be the final resting place of the men, women, and children who were held as slaves prior to the Civil War, and after emancipation former slaves and their descendants continued to be buried in Howe Cemetery. However, it is not and apparently never was a segregated cemetery.
Currently, the cemetery is being maintained regularly but in the past has become overgrown and neglected.
To reach the cemetery, take Route Z for 3 ½ miles north from Monroe City, Missouri and turn left (west) on Route CC. Follow Route CC for just less than 3 miles to Marion County Road 219, a gravel road that connects to Rt CC on a sharp left-hand curve. The cemetery is a half mile north on 219, on the left when you get to a curve in the gravel road.
GPS Coordinates: 39.7156, -91.7631
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #29418
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