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Starkville Colored Cemetery
This is one of several historic black cemeteries in the area. In 1911, the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows of America purchased three acres and maintained a cemetery where Henderson Street intersects with Highway 82 in Starkville. That cemetery was added to the Historic Register of Historic Places in 1990. There are also three historic black cemeteries in Columbus- Friendship Cemetery, Union Cemetery, and Sandfield Cemetery.
Odd Fellows Cemetery dates back to 1911, when land was acquired by the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows of America, one of several black fraternal organizations. The men of this organization donated the land to be used for the burial members and non-members alike, providing a space where black families could celebrate the lives of their departed in dignity.
SourcesWilliaam Browning , "Gone, but not forgotten: Cemeteries help tell the story of the area's black history," Columbus Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=31605 Oktibbeha County, Mississippi Genealogy. 2011. http://oktibbeha.msghn.org/cemeteries/African_American_Odd_Fellows_Cemetery_Oktibbeha.shtml Images by Nataliemaynor - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35448388
Starkville, MS 39759
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