Historical Scott Cemetery - Highway 91 Walnut Ridge, AR

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Highway 91 Walnut Ridge, AR

Our mission is to restore and document this historical site, identify as many individuals resting in unmarked graves, fill in sunken graves, establish boundaries, install a fence and sign, and place this burial site on the National Historic Registry. Scott Cemetery is a project undertaken to capture and preserve information that is not otherwise documented. The researched information will be utilized for genealogical lineage studies, restoration and cultural interests in the future.

Unfortunately, there are many rural African American cemeteries that are abandoned, forgotten and overgrown. Enough of us remain to ensure we never face these problems and we must protect and preserve Scott Cemetery to never let our culture and heritage be forgotten. Many past residents who relocated to many segments of the U.S. requested return to Scott Cemetery for burial.

Grant award for Scott Cemetery

Cemetery grants awarded by the Arkansas Humanities Council for restoration and preservation were awarded to the Hill Foundation. The award was presented to the Committee on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2005 at First Baptist Church, in Walnut Ridge, AR during a Black History program. It was fitting to do so during the celebration of History, as many of our parents, forefathers and family members paved the way for us," said Fayth Hill Washington, Exec. Dir. of the Hill Foundation, who along with co-founder Rosemary Hill and Board members: J'Bunta Washington, Linda White and Ethel Tompkins.

Remote Sensing

The remote sensing process was conducted by a team of archeologists from University of Arkansas lead by Dr. Jami Lockhart and Dr. Julie Morrow of Arkansas State University, both scholars on the project, and their staff.

Remote sensing is a non-invasive process that provides data and analysis, and maps to record physical properties beneath the ground. It is based on imagery and the report included a map of possible unmarked grave sites.

Mapping of Scott Cemetery Documentary by Dr. Julie Morrow of ASU.

Our successes at Scott Cemetery is based on the number of names obtained from research, number of unmarked graves sites identified and names of individuals buried in Scott Cemetery.

Current results: We've identified (2) concrete family plot, researched and added 33 names to the population, and purchased markers. Additionally, we have a well gravesite that is not an eyesore and is maintained with scheduled cleanup days on-going.

Big Thanks to the Scott Cemetery Committee: Fayth Hill Washington, J.Bunta Washington, Marshall Washington, Charles White, Harold White, Henry Dickson and Don West.

These projects are supported in part by grants from the following:
Arkansas Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Humanities
Arkansas Archeological Survey

Exhibit of Northeast Arkansas
Grant sponsored by the Arkansas History Commission

The exhibit of African Americans of Northeast Arkansas opened on June 19th, 2010 at the Eddie Mae Herron Center during the Juneteenth Celebration. The exhibit provides an account of everyday life of the many African Americans in Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, and Pocahontas during the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The exhibit portrays family life, church, community, social life and school.

The professionally printed spiral replica of 8 X 11 publication can be purchased for $ 20.00

Learning Together at Last, Paul Root, copyrighted in 2005 - ISBN - (0-9776810-0-9)
Provides an account of reflections from Coach Bernis Duke in establishing a track team for the newly intergrated Hoxie School District with student Wesley Hill. He provides the challenges and successes of the event. Additional chapter by Fayth Hill Washington. Since publication, 20 scholarships have been awarded to minority students at Quichita College.

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