Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - (New) Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery

This past weekend, I bravely visited the New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisburg, NC.  This off-road, remotely-located cemetery is the sacred ground in which numerous 19th Century-born blacks and their descendants are buried.  Among the departed rest some of my Dunstan ancestors - free blacks who are lived in Franklin County, NC.  Although I was not able to locate any of their graves, I know that they are there, thanks to the death certificates that I have for a few of them.

This is the second time I've visited this cemetery, but both times my stay has been short due to the eerie, unsafe feeling I've had while there.  This fear is not at all of the ancestors, who rest peacefully in this hidden abode.  Instead, it is of the WORLD that we live in now.  Perhaps one day I'll be able to return to this cemetery accompanied by at least one other person who can "watch my back" while I look around for my folks, but until then, it's just enough for me to quickly (and courageously) spend a few minutes in the presence of their spirits, and let them know that I know where they lay.

The cemetery has a mixture of modern-day headstones (burials still take place there), and graves which are marked only by a large stone, or in many cases, a stick or a rock.  I took several individual shots of headstones that were near me, and will upload them to Find-A-Grave.