Evergreen Cemetery (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

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Evergreen Cemetery
Details
Location 519 Greenland Drive
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Country U.S.
Type Public, City
Owned by Evergreen Cemetery Commission
City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Size 90 acre
Number of graves Over 10,000
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Evergreen Cemetery is a 90-acre (36 ha) cemetery located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[1] The cemetery began as a slave cemetery until its owner Dr. James Maney (the owner of Oaklands Plantation), deeded a 20-acre (8.1 ha) portion of his land to the city of Murfreesboro in 1872 to replace the "Old City Cemetery" which is located near downtown Murfreesboro.[2][1] The cemetery is the final burial place for many notable people from Tennessee and the grounds are home to centuries old maple, oak and magnolia trees. Some of the trees pre-date the cemetery and a number of the headstones are more than 140 years old.[1]

Evergreen Cemetery is governed by a 34-member board of directors and its current chair is John Rucker, Jr. who has served on the board for over 24 years.[3]

It is located at 519 Greenland Drive and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM.[4] Tours of the cemetery, presented by Oaklands Historic House Museum, are also held each year in late October.[2][5]

Confederate Circle[edit]

Confederate Circle at Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The Confederate Circle, a mass grave site, was established in 1890. In 1891, remains of Confederate soldiers were gathered from burial locations across the area, including the "Old Confederate Cemetery" located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Murfreesboro,[6] and reinterred here. Some 2,000 - about 90% unnamed - soldiers, are buried in the Circle.[7]

The Circle is the site of several observances and memorials throughout the year for local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps, including Camps #33 and #1355.[7][6]

Notable burials[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Michelle Willard (May 24, 2009). "Tree assessment to begin at Evergreen Cemetery". The Murfreesboro Post. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Oakland Historic House Museum Presents Evergreen Cemetery Tour of Gravestones and Legends". Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Oct 26, 2004. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "City Boards and Commissions". City of Murfreesboro. 2013. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Cemetery Info". Jennings and Ayers. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Evergreen Cemetery Tours presented by Oaklands Historic House Museum". Hobnob Murfreesboro. Feb 4, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Confederate Circle Heroes". M. Byers. 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Evergreen Cemetery". Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #33. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
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