FULTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
IN MEMORY OF THE BLACK SLAVES BURIED HERE.
Grisso Cemetery (the entrance pictured above) is only one of two
cemeteries in Fulton County where Black people are buried. Grisso
is unusual because the slaves are buried along with their owners, not
in a separate area of the cemetery. I hope that this is an indication of
good relations and working conditions between the slaves and their owners.
There are about 100 markers, mostly field stones in this cemetery.
The property was donated by Jacob Grisso, one of the prominent slave owners.
Two brothers are buried here. They were stone masons and were
rented out to build chimneys for houses in the local area. One brother
took sick and died. The other brother built a stone cover over his grave.
This is a most unusual cover as seen in the picture. The stone is inscripted
“Grisso Slave 1857” When he died, he was buried along side his brother
with only a flat marker. Decendents of the Harber family keep the cemetery
up and put flowers on the graves. We will most likely never know the names
or history of these slaves but it would be nice to remember them as
you visit your own loved ones.
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