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Historic Beulah Cemetery

Beulah Cemetery Property Significance


Beulah Cemetery is one of the most intact historic properties associated with the growth and development of the African-American community of Vicksburg and Warren County, Mississippi.  From its establishment in 1884 until the 1940's, the cemetery was the most important cemetery for Vicksburg-area African Americans and remains today a visible landmark for the black community.

The African American community has historically constituted about half of Vicksburg's population.  Beulah provides significant historical information about this important group of citizens through its gravestones. So few historic resources concerning the area African American community remain, increasing the significance of Beulah Cemetery.

The cemetery is the final resting place for over 5500 members of the most prominent black families in Vicksburg, including ancestors of almost every native black in the Vicksburg area.  The cemetery documents the existence of generations of people for whom otherwise there might be no surviving material available.

Among the prominent people buried at Beulah are the founders of the black funeral homes (Jeffersons/Dillons); G. M. McIntyre, principal of Cherry Street School and school namesake; Robert Banks Marshall, the city's first black postal employee; and William Tillmon Jones, grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, 1889-1906.