Artifact of the Week — January 16, 2020

Posted by on January 16, 2020
Photo of Methodist Church group in LaCrosse, Izard County in 1928 or 1929
Photo of Methodist Church group in LaCrosse, Izard County in 1928 or 1929

Photo of Methodist Church group in LaCrosse, Izard County in 1928 or 1929. L to R: Billingsly, Ed/Watkins, J.M. (1st cousin of Lillie Mae’s husband Arvin Watkins)/Balem, Lizzie/ Darty, Ernest (tallest man) and his wife standing in front of him- Dary, Lizzie Noland (Lillie Mae’s parents)/, and their child Darty, Essie (one of twins)/Billingsly, Herbert (son of Abe Billingsly)/and his wife standing in front of and to his left /Billingsly, Snowdy Watkins (Arvin Watkins’ aunt, his father Mack Watkins’ sister)/ Watkins, Collie (in back row in hat) who married Snowdy’s brother Af Watkins/ Billingsly, Rachel (Herbert’s mother)/Watkins, Viola (Arvin’s mother)/ and her grandchild /Brown, Sookum/Kennard, Bernice Darty(Lillie Mae’s sister)/Watkins, Beulah(Arvin’s sister)/Watkins, Lena/ and child Watkins, Virgie/

 Description of family and record of Black cemetery called “Sweet Home Cemetery” or known to local people as the “slave cemetery” at LaCrosse are included.  Families buried here include:  Allison, Billingsley, Brooks, Brown, Canada, Cothrine, Darty, Davidson, Hall, Harper, Harris, Herbert, Johnson, Kennard, Lipton, Pease, Shaw, Watkins, and Wolfe.

1920s. African American. Church.

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