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Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson
Sign at the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson.
Contributed by Natalie Maynor  January 16, 2006



by Mary Collins Landin, PhD

HISTORY FACTS:   A Federal Land Grant dated 21 November 1821  established a 6-acre burying ground in Jackson, which is now 22 acres in  size.   Greenwood is not the oldest cemetery in Hinds County, with  several family cemeteries and church cemeteries older by death dates on  gravestones, but it is the Capitol City's oldest and most historic burial  ground.  The cemetery was first recorded by John L. Power in 1864, editor  of the daily newspaper and a prominent businessman in Jackson prior to the Civil  War.   I recorded the cemetery in 1979 and published the records for  309 cemeteries in the entire Hinds County in 1988.   Jackson had less  than 800 people in 1837, and only about 7000 in
1900, and these are the pioneer  families and their descendants who are buried at Greenwood.  Newer  residents of Jackson were buried at Cedar Lawn (established approximately 1878) and other newer cemeteries within the city.

BURIALS: Greenwood is burial ground for over 3000 people, including  hundreds of unmarked graves.  The historic cemetery contains graves of 7  governors, numerous U. S. congressmen, U. S. senators, state legislators and  senators, 14 mayors of Jackson, 8 judges, 6 Confederate generals, at least 205
Confederate soldiers, at least 24 clergymen of all faiths, and more recently,  Miss Eudora Welty.

IMPORTANCE: The cemetery is of great importance to the history of Mississippi and Hinds County because of the prominent people buried here, and  their achievements and stories are the foundation of this great  State.   Equally as important to historians and genealogists are the  many records of individuals and their families and interconnections who have  been buried here for close to 200 years.  Numerous American immigrants,  especially Irishmen, are buried here.  Earliest slave graves are here as  well, prior to other black cemeteries being established after the Civil War  within and near the town of Jackson, and both black and white burials continue  to occur.  Greenwood also contains a
large CSA burial ground, many of whom  are unknown soldiers who died in the vicinity of Jackson and in military  hospitals in Jackson.  There is also a large ?paupers? section of unmarked  graves, or where graves were marked with wooden markers that have long since  rotted away, or yellow fever victims buried in haste, in the lower areas near  the front gates.  These are both white and black graves.


Greenwood Cemetery is already protected by virtue of it being on the National Register of Historic Places,  and a Designated Mississippi  Landmark. However, such designation and recognition infers no financial support to the historic cemetery, and funds for maintenance generally  come from the City of
Jackson (as it does for all Jackson's public cemeteries).

MS Code 19-7-39 provides for maintenance and repair of public or private non-profit cemeteries in certain counties, but they MUST be outside municipalities.

MS Code 39-13-15 provides for governance and fining of property owners of historic properties in municipalities and counties who neglect or fail to maintain them properly.  There is no provision for historic properties owned by the municipalities or counties themselves, requiring them to maintain  such properties in an adequate manner to respect the dead and to encourage  tourism and visitation.

MS Code 39-5-19 provides for repair, rehabilitation and/or maintenance by boards of supervisors of historic cemeteries and properties considered abandoned  or neglected.

MS Code 39-5-141 recognizes that the heritage of Mississippi is reflected in its historic properties located throughout Mississippi, and that the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of these historic properties (including cemeteries) is of great cultural, educational, and economic importance to Mississippi.

MS Code 41 and its various sections provide for all regulation, rules, governance, operation, maintenance, restoration, and care of Mississippi's cemeteries.

Action by the Mississippi Legislature may be required for historic cemeteries within municipalities owned by the municipalities or counties  themselves, to ensure proper care for Greenwood Cemetery.

Greenwood Cemetery (partial)
 PORTER Surname
Contributed by David McBride
December 29, 2005
Disclaimer:  This information was obtained from a book on Hinds Couny, Ms. Cemeteries.
This information can be viewed at The Ms. Dept. of Archives and History, Jackson, Hinds Co., Ms.

Greenwood Cemetery

Joe Albert Porter
1872 - 1939

Kate Mitchell Porter
1869 - 1945

Kate Hobson Porter
1835 - 1909

Major D. P. Porter Jr.
1867 - Nov. 16, 1899

Daniel Price Porter [born Franklin, Tn.]
Nov. 31, 1835 - June 24, 1899

Minnie Porter
Sept. 11, 1880 - Sept. 07, 1889

Josh Albert Porter
1872 - Feb. 18, 1939

Fannie Madge Porter
Sept. 11, 1868 - Sept. 24, 1893

Jessie Madison Porter
Aug. 26, 1875 - Aug. 10, 1898

Robert T. Porter
Dec. 10, 1870 - Oct. 12, 1909

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