Belzoni Cemetery and its Concrete Grave Markers

Up on the north side of Belzoni, near the Varsity Drive-In, is the Green Grove M.B. Church, where the funeral of civil rights leader George Lee was held in 1955.

As I was taking the above pictures, I looked across the street and snapped a picture of the interesting columns on the Delta Burial Association building. As I walked up to take a closer look, I took a picture of the sample gravestone, made of concrete, in front of the building. Then, I crossed back over the street to look at the vast African American cemetery on the north side of Green Grove church. It didn’t take me long to notice a number of concrete markers, many of them that are either earlier versions of the Delta Burial Association stone, or are homemade copies. There were also twin concrete above-ground vaults with Gothic arches outlined in concrete, complete with tracery, something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I didn’t spend as much time here as I did at Bleak House cemetery, but it’s amazing how much you can find by just walking around Mississippi towns and really looking at what you see.

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Categories: African American History, Belzoni, Cemeteries


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