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*IDA BELL CEMETERY OVERVIEW

Ida Bell (AME) Church (African-American) Cemetery
Faulkner County,
Arkansas

Thanks to Andy and Steve who are "Friends of the AGP" as well as the Co-chairs for "The Friends of Ida Bell" (FoIB). If not for the generosity of many people, this cemetery might have ended up destroyed. There are at least 3 U.S. Veterans interred here 1 Civil War Veteran from the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery who fought in 3 battles in Louisiana (the stone is inscribed 4 instead of 14 but his service record clearly states he was in the 14th RIHA), 1 World War I Veteran from the 162 Depot Brigade and 1 World War II Veteran.

Organizations involved were the Friends of Ida Bell, Arkansas Gravestones Project, the wonderful ladies from Preservation of African American Cemeteries (PAAC), The Log Cabin Democrat. Please also remember our elected Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin and his Staff who continue to support preservation of our Faulkner County Historical places as well as our Faulkner County Citizen's who volunteer much of their own time and money to preserve our Faulkner County landmarks as well as reclamation of our rural abandoned cemeteries and forgotten landmarks of original citizens who first started our communities. We at least owe our predecessors that much.

The Ida Bell (AME) Church Cemetery (Est. 1892) was maintained by the Ida Bell AME Church from 1900 - 1920's when the church burned down. The cemetery was then maintained by the Palarm Church until the roads became too difficult to continue interments or maintanance in the mid-1950's. Although the cemetery has always been known as Ida Bell (AME) Church Cemetery, Faulkner County records state that there was already a cemetery on "Cemetery Hill" which pre-dates the formation of the Ida Bell (AME) Church. Although not certain but it has been stated by residents familiar with "Cemetery Hill" that the old part of the cemetery may possibly be Slaves, Native Americans or very early original settlers to the area. Currently the total number of graves identified is up to 251.

Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

Contributed on 3/24/09 by mountain_veteran
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Record #: 170925

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Submitted: 3/24/09 • Approved: 9/27/12 • Last Updated: 9/30/12 • R170925-G0-S3

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