Bolivar County GenWeb
Unknown Cemetery - Shelby
This cemetery is in deplorable condition with fallen trees, missing stones and heavy overgrowth. The perimeter of the cemetery contains the graves of numerous African Americans, most of whom are listed above. The interior of the cemetery has only two stones visible, both surnames being Italian. There are countless indentations, row after row, that show countless gravesites with no stones showing. It appears, after observing stones on the outer perimeter, that headstones are sinking directly into the earth at a relatively fast pace. It is possible that this has occurred on the interior of the cemetery. A lifetime local resident and others who have relatives buried in this cemetery say that at one time it was a Catholic cemetery that contains the remains of many Italian immigrants who settled in Shelby, MS. They remember attending a Blessing of the Graves numerous times as children. None remember a Catholic Church being on the property, only the cemetery. It is said that in later years a church was built by African Americans and that is the reason for the graves on the perimeter of the trees.