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From MacArthur Drive in Alexandria, turn west on LA Hwy. 496 (Bayou Rapides Road) and go 5.3 miles. This large cemetery is on the left, behind the Church. A plaque on Bell Arch reads: "First Evening Star Baptist Church, organized 5 Jun 1868, Rev. Robert Cleveland, Pastor." The cemetery was probably here before 1868 and includes some of the oldest Black families in the area.
Although the original Church building was built in 1868, the inside has been restored in modern times. The two double belfries and church pews are original. A beautiful antique frame holds photographs of past ministers of the church.
There could be 100, possibly 150 unmarked graves (depressions in ground), and at least 100 vaults or slabs with no identification. We regret that we have so little information about the many families who are not identified. Tombstone inscriptions were recorded by Mary Parker Partain, May 1992, submitted by Jane P. McManus.