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Cleveland Cemetery

November 10, 2010

Front gate at Cleveland Cemetery

While searching online for cemeteries to visit close to Highway 1, I saw Carnahan Cemetery on Lena Flatwoods Road.  When I arrived at the front gate, I raised an eyebrow–or would have, if I could do such a thing–at the sign telling me I was at the Cleveland Cemetery.  It is no big surprise that what we see on the ground does not always match up with what is listed online.  I have already written about Hickory Grove Cemetery being mapped as Foshee Cemetery.

What was more of a surprise is that this is not just a case of calling the same site by two different names.    There are in effect two different sites in the same place.  Cleveland Cemetery and Carnahan Cemetery are adjacent to one another, separated only by a chain link fence.  One begins where the other ends.  I will discuss Carnahan Cemetery in a separate post.

The feature that stands out the most to me in Cleveland Cemetery is the manner in which some of its graves are set apart from others; not just once, but in several places.  It is not unusual to see families share space in a cemetery.  Four Smiths over here, five Andersons over there, three generations of Taylors in the corner.  Copings may provide a visible marker that indicates exactly where a family plot beings.  The American and Catholic Cemeteries in Natchitoches have several family areas offset by iron fences.

This custom appears to have been taken in another direction in Cleveland Cemetery.  In several places chain link fences have taken the place of ground-level copings.

There is even an area where a larger fenced in section is further divided into smaller fenced in sections.

This long section in the middle of the cemetery is fenced off and broken into smaller fenced sections.

Aside from all the fences, there are a few graves with notable decorations or inscriptions.  There are sculptures:

Angel with cross


Woman weeping at a broken column


Iron cross with smaller crosses on top of the center and two sides

and humor:

The inscription reads, "I would rather be fishing on Bayou Sorrel than lying here"

See more photos of this cemetery on my flickr page.


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