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Scott Cemetery on National
Register of Historic Places

This is one of the earlier monuments located in the historic Scott Cemetery.

Scott Cemetery near Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County is among 11 Arkansas properties that were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties.

Scott Cemetery, located one-half mile south of the junction of Highways 412 and 91, contains burials dating to 1910.

The cemetery is noteworthy "for its association with the ethnic heritage (burial customs) of the African-American community of Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and the surrounding portions of Lawrence County from 1920s to the present, as well as its association with the efforts of African-Americans to construct institutions during the period of Jim Crow in the state," according to the National Register nomination. "The cemetery serves as the final resting place for at least seven former slaves, as well as local leaders in the African-American community."

Fayth Hill Washington of the Hill Foundation said, "The Hoxie21 - Hill Foundation, Inc. is thankful to many people and organizations that supported this successful endeavor." Among those she thanked are:

Arkansas Humanities Council - Ms. Lavona Wilson (grants);

Arkansas State University - Dr. Cherisse Jones Branch, grant scholar; Dr. Julie Morrow and staff, inventory, mapping and aerial shots; and Dr. Edward Salo for his research and his class participation in contributing in the application process for the DOE submission;

AETN original documentary "Silent Storytellers" - produced by Hop Litzwire. "Silent Storytellers" explores the history, culture and importance of preserving Arkansas cemeteries and features the Scott Cemetery.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Dr. Jamie Lockhart, Mike Evans - Archaeogeophysical Remote Sensing Survey and Dr. Ann Early;

Rhodes College - Dr. Russ Wigginton, advisor and support.

"Many local citizens helped with clean-up days, some I don't remember because they said they were giving back to the community," Washington said. "They helped with landscape restoration and preservation activities. Volunteers came from St. Louis, Jonesboro, Batesville and surrounding towns to help with the maintenance and to pay homage."

"The Hoxie 21 - Hill Foundation Board and members extend their gratitude to all and a heartfelt thank you to the Cemetery Committee: Charles White, Harold White, Carl White, Henry Dickson, Marshall Washington, J'Bunta Washington, Don West and Charles Pittman," Washington said.

Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places was The Bethel Cemetery near Crossett in Ashley County, Home Ice Company at Jonesboro in Craighead County, Hot Springs National Guard Armory at Hot Springs in Garland County, MacLean Hall at Clarksville in Johnson County, the Vernon Fitzhugh House and Warren Seagraves House at Fayetteville in Washington County and Gay Oil Company Building, Lake Nixon, W.H. Vaughn Cottage and 210 South Fountain Street at Little Rock in Pulaski County.

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