Bolivar County Courthouse
We also visited the courthouse to speak with the Bolivar County Chancery Clerk Brenett N. Haynes, who grew up in the county and possessed an extensive knowledge of African American communities. Not only did she provide some new information about local cemeteries, but she also promised to escort us to an abandoned cemetery in rural Bolivar County that contained the graves of her ancestors!
The tax assessors office also provided key insight into the location of burial grounds in Bolivar County. In fact, the tax assessors office maintains a state-of-the-art parcel viewing system in ArcGIS, which is available to the public. Simply click HERE to view the location and owner of every single piece of land in the county. A simple text search for the term “cemetery” immediately provides numerous results on the locations and names of cemeteries. However, most of the burial grounds do not have names associated with them in the system. Thus, our project to identify all of the African American cemeteries in Bolivar County should go a long way towards helping the tax assessors office add data to their maps in ArcGIS.