WASHBURN PRAIRIE, MISSOURI SLAVE GRAVES

 

SLAVE GRAVES
WASHBURN PRAIRIE CEMETERY
BARRY COUNTY, MISSOURI


Slave Graves, Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Barry County, Missouri

Perhaps the most remarkable historical sights in Barry County, Missouri, are the slave graves in the Washburn Prairie Cemetery, located slightly over 1 mile east of Washburn on Farm Road 2240.  According to local custom, slaves were allowed to use the same burial ground as whites, but not to use similar headstones, so they devised these massive pyramid-shaped grave markers.  For more information on this cemetery and more photographs, see the Barry County Rootweb Website.  If you approach Washburn from the north on highway 37, FR 2240 turns east (left) less than 100 yards past the city limits sign.

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Slave Grave with Sloping Sides.

Slave Grave, Side View.

Group of Eight Slave Graves.

Four Slave Graves in a Row, Showing Different Sizes.

Setting of Slave Graves Among White Graves.

Entrance, Washburn Prairie Cemetery.

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