Chesnutt-Waddell Burial Plots
The stone is located as shown by the marker on the map.
Backstory and Context
Charles Chesnutt is buried in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lived most of his adult life.
Though he left Fayetteville in search of a place where racial caste would not limit him he often returned to the town. Chesnutt would rename the city "Patesville" in his fiction, and many of the landmarks of the city appear just as they are in real life.
Website Find A Grave has an entry for Andrew Jackson Chesnutt and his adjacent relatives: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186656799/andrew-jackson-chesnutt
Anne Chesnutt Waddell, daughter of Andrew Jackson Chesnutt and Mary Ochiltree, is also buried in this plot. "Mrs. Waddell taught school in Cumberland County, later becoming a county school supervisor, in which she served 22 years until her retirement in 1936. As supervisor, she helped promote elementary education from 1916 to 1936, when she resigned to accept a teaching position in this county. Previously, she had served as teacher in Fayetteville and Wilson."
The memorials are in the Brookside section of Cross Creek Cemetery which was traditionally designated as the space for African American burials.
"Brief History of Anne Chesnutt School." Anne Chesnutt Year- Round Middle School. 2019. Accessed October 21st 2019. http://acms.ccs.k12.nc.us/page/2/?s=grades.