© Betty Aron Schneider 2002 to 2008
 
 
Humphreys County,  
Mississippi 
Cemeteries
If you have access to any cemetery listings or tombstone photographs from Humphreys County,
and you are willing to share them with your fellow researchers,
please let me know.  I would like to have listings and photos for all of the cemeteries in the county.
GNIS Query listing names & locations of many cemeteries in Humphreys County
Some of the following information is from the above GNIS Query listing more info such as
lattitude and longitude coordinates is available from the site.
Click on the BLUE highlighted cemetery names for an index of that cemetery.
 I would like to make you aware of the Abandoned Cemetery Act of Mississippi. 
Perhaps you and others in Yazoo County

can make a difference in preserving these cemeteries by having the
County take over the care and maintenance of them.  Please read this act:

CHAPTER 425
HOUSE BILL NO. 780
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND EMPOWER THE RESPECTIVE BOARDS
OF SUPERVISORS IN THIS STATE, IN THEIR DISCRETION AND UPON
AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATE FROM THE.TRUSTEES OF THE STATE
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, TO REPAIR, REHABILITATE, AND MAINTAIN ABANDONED CEMETERIES.
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BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI :

SECTION 1.
 Upon the official certificate of the Trustees of the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History that any abandoned cemetery is of historical significance and should be repaired, rehabilitated, or maintained as a historical monument, the boards of supervisors of the respective counties in this state are hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to repair, rehabilitate, and maintain any such cemetery within the borders of the county over which such board has jurisdiction.

SECTION 2.
 Subject to like certificate from the said Trustees of the State Department of Archives and History, the board of supervisors in adjoining counties may in their discretion, jointly accomplish such repairs, rehabilitation, or maintenance in those instances where the cemetery in question occupies territory which at one (1) time or another was located as a part of said adjoining counties.

SECTION 3.
 This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved: March 23, 1971

CRITERIA FOR THE CERTIFICATION
OF HISTORICAL
SIGNIFICANCE OF ABANDONED CEMETERIES
UNDER THE PROVISIONS
OF
HOUSE BILL NO. 780
Laws of Mississippi, 1971
 
1. The request for a certificate of historical significance must pertain to an "abandoned" cemetery.
 
A. For the purposes of the implementation of this act, an "abandoned" cemetery shall be construed to be one that is not adequately maintained by its legal owner or owners, whether religious bodies, private individuals, or governmental agencies.

B. An "abandoned" cemetery shall also be interpreted as one in which no burials have been made in the five years preceding the date of the official, written request to the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History for a certificate of historical significance.

C. A single grave, in some instances, may constitute an abandoned" cemetery.

D.  Indian burial grounds shall be regarded as "abandoned" cemeteries

 
II. In determining whether or not to issue a certificate of historical significance, the Board of Trustees will consider:

A. Cemeteries which contain the graves of persons who have contributed significantly to the history of the nation, the state, or the local region.

B. Cemeteries which are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the history of the nation, the state, or the local region.

C. Cemeteries which are associated with properties entered on the National Registry of Historic Places.

D. Cemeteries which are associated with "State Archeological Landmarks," provided for in the Antiquities Law of the State of Mississippi.

E. Cemeteries which are located on land belonging to the State of Mississippi, to a county or municipality, or to any political subdivision of the State.

F. Cemeteries containing the graves of veterans of any of the nation's wars.

G. Cemeteries containing statuary, vaults, markers, and monuments of sufficient architectural and artistic value to merit their protection and preservation.

H. Cemeteries which, by their preservation, would contribute in turn to the preservation of the earlier historical image of a locality.

I. Cemeteries containing 18th century burials.

J. Indian burial grounds, officially identified by professional archaeologists.

 
III. Those cemeteries which have been officially certified by the Board of Trustees shall be inventoried by local persons or groups requesting the certificate, and the inventory shall be deposited with the Department of Archive. and History. This procedure will not be necessary if the Department already has the records for that particular cemetery in its collections.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History at its meeting August 27, 1971.
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Visit the web site of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History where matters of Historical Preservation and particularly abandoned cemeteries are outlined.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History
From the page that opens, click on 'criteria' under the heading 'Cemetery' for the criteria establsihed for the preservation of Mississippi cemeteries. Contact the MDAH for more specific information on preserving local cemeteries.          


 Mississippi Department of Archives and History

           Historic Preservation 
           Abandoned Cemetery Project
           P. O. Box 571
           Jackson, MS 39205-0571
           Telephone: (601) 576-6940
           Fax: (601) 576-6955
           Email: msshpo@mdah.state.ms.us

 

 
 
*§ 97-29-25. Desecration of cemetery.* 

* * 
Every person who shall knowingly and willfully dig up, except as otherwise provided by law, obliterate, or in any way desecrate any *cemetery* where human dead are interred, or cause through word, deed or action the same to happen, shall upon conviction be imprisoned for not more than one (1) year in the county jail or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both, in the discretion of the court. In addition to any penalties that the court is otherwise authorized to impose the court may, in its discretion, order such restitution as it deems appropriate. 

In construing this section, a* cemetery* shall mean any plot of ground (1) on which are grave markers of stone, wood, metal or any other material recognizable as marking graves, or (2) the boundaries of which are defined by a recorded plat, a fence line or corner markers, or trees, or are defined in any other discernible manner. 
  

*Sources: *Codes, 1942, § 2076.5; Laws,  1971, ch. 398, § 1; Laws, 1972, ch. 351, § 1; Laws, 1983, ch. 406, eff from and after July 1, 1983. 
--  
Scott McCoy 
Mississippi Department of Archives and History 
Post Office Box 571 
Jackson, Mississippi 39201 
Phone: 601-576-6986 
Fax:   601-576-6955 

 

 
 
Name of Cemetery
Town
Internments Listed
4-mile Cemetery
Yes - Click here
Balup Cemetery Louise None available --  
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Beautiful Zion M.B. Church Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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Bellewood Cemetery Midnight None available --  
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The Bellewood Church burned down a number of years ago. 
The Bellewood Cemetery that was near the church has completely disappeared
.

Betsy Brock
Belzoni Cemetery Belzoni Yes - partial listing.  
Click Here 

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Brown Cemetery Carter None available --  
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Carson Cemetery Belzoni None available -- 
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Central Baptist Church Cemetery
Yes - Click here
Deovelente Cemetery Belzoni Yes - Click here
Fullilove Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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Greencrest Memorial Gardens
Yes - Click here
Goat Hill Cemetery Near Belzoni No longer exists.  Property owner turned over the land and piled markers off to the side.
Gooden Lake Baptist Church Cemetery Hwy 49W south of Belzoni, MS.
Yes - Click here
Goshen Cemetery Louise Yes - Click here
Holly Grove Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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Huddleston Cemetery Louise None available --  
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Jones Cemetery Silver City None available --  
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Love Feast
Yes - Click here
Levee (Black) Cemetery
Yes - Click here
Macedonia Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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Mathena Cemetery Belzoni Yes - Click here
Mount Airy Cemetery Inverness None available --  
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Mount Everet Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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Mount Zion Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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New Mt. Hebron Cemetery . Yes - Click here
Silver City Cemetery Silver City Yes - Click here
Sky Lake Bend Cemetery Swiftown Yes - Click here
Straight Bayou Cemetery
Yes - Click here
Weeping Mary Cemetery Isola Yes - Click here
Woodland Cemetery Belzoni None available --  
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