Riverside Cemetery (Jackson, Tennessee)

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Riverside Cemetery
Riverside Cemetery (Jackson, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Riverside Cemetery (Jackson, Tennessee)
Location 300 Riverside Dr, Jackson, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°36′38″N 88°49′31″W / 35.61056°N 88.82528°W / 35.61056; -88.82528Coordinates: 35°36′38″N 88°49′31″W / 35.61056°N 88.82528°W / 35.61056; -88.82528
Area 10.5 acres (4.2 ha)
Built 1824
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 03000394[1]
Added to NRHP May 9, 2003

Riverside Cemetery is a cemetery located in Jackson, Tennessee. It is located few blocks south of the Madison County Courthouse, separated from Riverside Drive by a five-foot-high red brick wall.

The City of Jackson established Riverside Cemetery in 1824 to replace the original municipal graveyard founded a few years earlier. Most remains from the earlier cemetery were reinterred at Riverside, either when it opened or in 1871-72. The oldest legible marker is for Mary Jane Butler (died 1824). Riverside Cemetery holds approximately 4,000 graves, but only 3,000 markers remain. It is estimated that there are 200 unmarked burials, including approximately 100 Confederate soldiers who died during the war, plus slaves buried prior to 1865. Riverside continues to accept a limited number of burials from families whose plots have space.[2]

Riverside Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 9 May 2003.[3]

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