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  • Monument Name

    African American Dixonville Cemetery, Salisbury

  • Type

    Cemetery

  • Subjects

    African American Monuments

    Local History

  • City

    Salisbury

  • County

    Rowan

  • Description

    A roadside historical marker honors and recognizes Salisbury's African American residents who were interred in the cemetery. The maker is of blackened bronze on a steel pole. Scroll-work at the marker tops holds a circle which has artwork of a man with arms raised to the sun; standing amidst cemetery headstones.

  • Inscription

    DIXONVILLE CEMETERY / MID-1800S ~ 1960S / AFRICAN~AMERICAN BURYING GROUND. / INCLUDING SLAVES / AND THEIR DESCENDANTS. / EARLIEST EXTANT MARKERDATED 1851. / OVER 425 DOCUMENTED BURIALS / SINCE 1910.

  • Custodian

    City of Salisbury

  • Dedication Date

    May 30, 2009

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.659900 , -80.472680 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Huffman, Steve. “New Landmark For Once-Thriving Community of Dixonville,” The Salisbury Post (Salisbury, NC) May 31, 2009, (accessed December 4, 2015) Link

      “Dixonville and Oak Grove Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina,” YouTube, www.youtube.com, (accessed December 4, 2015) h Link

      “The Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial,” The City of Salisbury, (accessed December 4, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    Dixonville Cemetery Committee

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Emily Perry, a member of the Dixonville Cemetery Committee, was master of ceremonies for the dedication ceremony. “It’s a beautiful sign, thank God, this area is indeed holy ground for a lot of us” she said moments after the sign was unveiled. Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz also spoke at the ceremony as did former residents of the Dixonville area; Ella Wood, Fannye Holmes and Frank Jones. Singers from the Eastside Community Group performed.

  • Subject Notes

    Dixonville Cemetery is one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in Salisbury. It was deeded to the city in 1874 and closed in 1960 and has over 450 documented internments. The cemetery is an important landmark for the East End neighborhood which was razed by urban renewal in the 1960’s. The site was enhanced in 2009 with placing of the historical marker being a part of that effort. Plans have been designed and fundraising is underway for a memorial that will honor and recognize Salisbury’s African-American residents who were buried there. The proposed memorial will also encompass Lincoln Park next to the cemetery.

  • Location

    The Dixonville Cemetery is located at 210 Old Concord Road in Salisbury, NC. Next to the cemetery is Lincoln Park which in turn connects to the Salisbury National Cemetery on S. Railroad Street.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands just off the sidewalk, along Old Concord Road.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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