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Cedar Grove Cemetery was originally established as a "colored cemetery" in the early nineteenth century on a tract of land adjacent to a trail that became known as Gap Creek Road. The remote and rocky terrain often required the use of dynamite to clear the area for burials. Some of Carter County's earliest African-American families, veterans, church leaders are buried here. Josephine Taylor, Carter County's oldest surviving former slave, is also buried here. Josephine "Aunt Jo" Taylor was owned by Nat Taylor, father of Tennessee governors Alf and Bob Taylor.