Evergreen Cemetery (Southgate, Kentucky)

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Evergreen Cemetery (Southgate, Kentucky) is the largest cemetery in Campbell County, Kentucky. It is still in operation and is located at 25 Alexandria Pike in Southgate, Kentucky. The Cemetery was begun in the 1840s, to replace the Newport, Cemetery. The cemetery was located a few miles south of Newport, in a rural area, which is now the City of Southgate, Kentucky.

General James Taylor Jr. considered the founder of Newport, Kentucky is buried here, as well as Congressman Brent Spence. The cemetery also contains a Soldiers and Sailors section. Notable is William H. Horsfall, one of the youngest men to receive the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.

A defensive earthwork named Shaler Battery, built as part of the Defense of Cincinnati, remains preserved within the cemetery and is located adjacent to the cemetery bandstand. It was one of the 28 artillery batteries that were built on northern Kentucky hilltops from 1861 to 1863.

A residence for the sexton of the cemetery was constructed in 1872. Seven years later, in 1879, the name of the cemetery was officially acknowledged as Evergreen. By 1902, a chapel had been constructed on the cemetery grounds and was used for funeral services and layouts.[1]

The cemetery was used as the cemetery in the 1988 film Rain Man.[1]

Today, the cemetery contains 250 acres (1.0 km2) and accepts burials from throughout the region.

Notable burials[edit]

  • Thomas M. Doherty - Spanish–American War Medal of Honor recipient
  • William H. Horsfall - American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Then and Now: A look back at 'Rain Man' in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky". WCPO-TV. Feb 28, 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°04′00″N 84°28′20″W / 39.06667°N 84.47222°W / 39.06667; -84.47222