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Nashville City Cemetery
African-Americans with Tombstones in 2005 Survey

Bass, Queenie
Section 30
ID #300007
Interment: Aug. 22, 1854. Infant slave to Jno. M. Bass

Bedford, Lucinda
Section 28.1 (28 NW Lot 6)
ID #280587
Interment: 12-21-1893 Lucinda Bedford Female Black

Bibe, James
Section 32
ID #320003
Interment: July 2, 1856 James Slave of J.C. Darden

Booker
Section 23
ID #230005
1908 Plat Map: “Booker Died 1845” Lot owner A. McDaniel
Tombstone: Died Sept. 24, 1845 Age 22 Years
(Slave of A. McDaniel. See Edmond, slave of A. McDaniel)

Bosley, John
Section 20 (20 EP Lot 15)
ID #200048
Tombstone: Dec. 27,1839-Aug.20, 1841 John Bosley f.c.c.

Bosley, Sameul Bentley
Section 20 (20 EP Lot 15)
ID #200047)
Interment: July 24, 1850 Bentley Bosley f.c.c.

Cary, Laura S.
Section 17
ID #170038
Interment: June 29, 1879 Laura S. Cary Female Black

Edmond
Section 23
ID #230007
Tombstone: Edmond Died June 25, 1854
Interment: 6-26-1854 Edward Slave of A. McDaniel

Foster, Allen
Section 28.8 (28E)
ID #280030
Interment: June 17, 1872 Infant Male Black of A. Foster
Double Tombstones. See Fanny Foster.

Foster, Fanny
Section 28.8 (28E)
ID #280030
Tombstone: Fanny Foster Feb. 21, 1870-Feb. 26, 1870
Double tombstone. See Allen Foster.

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Granger, Ann
Section 30
ID #300015 Tombstone “A.G.”
Interment: Nov. 14, 1860 Ann Granger, f.w.c.

Imes, Mabel Lewis
Section 30
ID #300009
Tombstone 1858-1936 Jubilee Singers, Original on Fisk University lot

King, Sarah Ann
Section 30
ID #300014 Tombstone “S.A.K.”
Interment: June 21, 1855 Sarah King, f.w.c.

Knowles, Celest
Section 28.8 (28E)
ID #280028
Interment: May 8, 1901 Celest Knowles Female Black

Mahan, John Brown
Section 30
ID #300020
Interment: Aug.26, 1863 Infant of James Mahan, f.m.c.

Merry, Eli
Section 23 (23 Lot 2)
ID #230008
Tombstone: Nov. 24, 1850-July 14, 1851
Lot of Nelson Merry, f.m.c.

Merry, Sidney
Section 23 (23 Lot 2)
ID #230008
Tombstone: Feb. 18, 1847-April 1, 1847
Lot of Nelson Merry, f.m.c.

Moore, Ella Sheppard
Section 28.9
ID #280007
Interment: June 11, 1914 Ella S. Moore Female Black
(Jubilee Singer) Double Tombstone with Geo. W. Moore

Moore, George W.
Section 28.9
ID #280007
Interment: March 18, 1920 Gear Moore Male Black
Double Tombstone with Ella Sheppard Moore

Moore, George C.
Section 28.9 ID #280984
Tombstone: 1907-1926
Interment: George C. Moore Nov. 8, 1927 Black Auto Wreck

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Person, Emily
Section 28.1 (28NW Lot 6)
ID #280590
Interment: July 29, 1889 Emily Person Female Black

Pickett, Calvin
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80073
Tombstone: Born & Died Dec. 2, 1866
Lot owner Calvin Pickett (Black)

Pickett, Calvin, Rev.
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80069
Interment: May 3, 1898 Calvin Pickett Male Black

Pickett, Emma
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80069
Interment: March 2, 1884 Emma Pickett Female Black

Pickett, Frankie
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80073
Tombstone: Born & Died Feb. 14, 1869
Lot owner Calvin Pickett (Black)

Pickett, Kingsley
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80073
Tombstone: Nov. 1, 1870-Sept. 16, 1871
Lot owner Calvin Pickett (Black)

Pickett, Margaret
Section 32
ID #320002
Interment: April 3, 1858 Margaret Slave to R.W. Porter

Pickett, Mariah
Section 32
ID #320001
Interment: Aug. 17, 1863 Marriah Slave to Mrs. Bankhead

Pickett, Mary
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80069
Interment: March 28, 1878 Mary Pickett Female Black

Porter, Alexander
Section 8 (8 Lot 5)
ID #80060 (also S.A. Porter ID #80091)
Interment: Feb. 14, 1905 Sandy A. Porter Male Black

Porter, Cynthia
Section 28.6 (28 C)
ID #280055
Death of tombstone: Oct. 10, 1866
Interment: Oct. 11, 1866 Cynthia Furgerson, f.w.c.

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Porter, M. A.
Section 8 (8 Lot 5)
ID #80091
Interment: June 27, 1877 Mary A. Porter Female Black

Porter, S. A.
Section 8 (8 Lot 5)
ID # 80091
Interment: 2-14-1905 Sandy A. Porter

Porter, S. E.
Section 8 (8 Lot 5)
ID #80091
Interment: July 31, 1934 Sarah Elizabeth Porter Female Black

Porter, Tolbert C.
Section 8 (8 Lot 5)
ID #80081
Interment: April 3, 1941 Tallott Calvin Pickett Male Black

Porterfield, Jerry
Section 31
ID #310001
Interment: July 12, 1859 Jerry Slave of C.D. Elliott

Shannon, Elizabeth
Section 28.3 (28 B)
ID #280385
Tombstone: Elizabeth Shannon Died April 25, 1873
Age 27 Years Wife of Thomas Shannon
U.S. Census 1870. Rutherford County, TN. Elizabeth Shannon 23 years
(Black), husband Thomas Shannon (Black), child Nelle 3 years (Black).
City Cemetery Interment: Nov. 1, 1871, Cornelia Shannon 5 Years Female
Black, child of Thomas Shannon (Black)

Smith, Raph
Section 31
ID #310009
Interment: Sept. 25, 1860 Rafe Smith, f.m.c.

Stewart, Sally
Section 30
ID #300013
Interment: Jan. 14, 1862 Salley Stewart, f.w.c.

Stothard, Ann
Section 23
ID #230047
Interment: March 12, 1899 Mrs. Ann Stothard Female Black

Stothard, Annie Augusta
Section 23
ID #230047
Tombstone: March 30, 1860-July 11, 1860

Stothard, Cornelia
Section 23
ID #230047
Tombstone. Aug. 6, 1846-Dec. 21, 1882
Interment: Dec. 22, 1883 Cornelia A. Stothard Female Black

Stothard, Eugene Leonidas
Section 23
ID #230047
Interment: Dec. 10, 1879 Euguine Stodard Male Black

Stothard, Hugh Kirkman
Section 23
ID #230047
Tombstone: June 10, 1854-Nov.19, 1858

Stothard, Jerry
Section 23
ID #230047
Interment: Sept. 17, 1866 Jerry Stothard, f.m.c.

Stothard, Samuel Preston
Section 23
ID #230047
Tombstone: May 16 1852-Aug. 15, 1853

Stothard, Walter
Section 23
ID #230047
Interment: March 16, 1865 Walter Stoddard Male Black

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Wood, Addie P.
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80068
Interment: April 8, 1930 Addie Woods Female Black

Wood, Andrew W.
Section 8 (8 Lot 7)
ID #80068
Interment: July 17, 1899 A. W. Wood Male Black

Work, Julia
Section 28.3 (23B)
ID #280381
Interment: Jan. 26, 1869 Julia Works Female Black

prepared by Fletch Coke 6-6-2009

Note to Readers.
This listing has been compiled from many research resources. Visit the Tutorial to learn more about these resources which can be accessed on the NCCA web site. Over the years, many tombstones at City Cemetery have been lost to time and to weather. Since the opening of the cemetery in 1822, there have been 20,000 interments. In 2005, a survey was made and the tombstone inscriptions were recorded. Of the 3,000 tombstones still standing in the cemetery in 2005, only 2,000 tombstones had readable inscriptions.

The first African American listed in the earliest Interment Book (no burial records exist between 1822-1846) was Fanny Parrish, the wife of Frank Parrish, who was buried on January 6, 1846. In the late 19th century, removals were made from the City Cemetery to other cemeteries in the area. The remains of the Rev. Nelson Merry family (African Americans) re-interred at Mt. Ararat Cemetery. The last interment of an African American at City Cemetery took place on January 31, 1945, for John Henry Stevenson.

Persons with additional information about any of the people listed with tombstone inscriptions, recorded in 2005, are encouraged to send an email to the NCCA web site.

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