legacy, community and history
To Create a Beautiful Garden That Softens Citizens Grief.
Across the landscape of Pine Forest Cemetery, there are many signs of the craftmanship devoted to the enclosure and commemoration of the deceased. Marble and granite markers are found throughout the Cemetery, as well as finely detailed iron enclosures. The beauty of Pine Forest is found not only in its physical landscape but in the memories of those persons resting there who labored, were firsts, and made a significant impact on the local, state, and national history: The following offer but a glimpse into the history of those buried there.
Representative George Price: The African American legislator who introduced the bill to the North Carolina General Assembly requesting incorporation of a Negro burial ground in Wilmington, NC, which in November 1869 became the Pine Forest Cemetery Inc.
Unknown Victims of 1898 Insurrection: Those who died November 10, 1898, were buried during the Insurrection.
Based on belief and information, below are some of the more notables :
Mr. George M. Arnold: City alderman 1869; U.S. Custom House Officer; Republican executive committeeman
Mr. Henry Brewington: Republican politician during Reconstruction; City alderman; magistrate; N.C. House of Representative,1874
Mr. James K Cutlar: Republican politician during reconstruction; U.S Inspector of customs 1884-1887
Mr. John C. Dancy: Delegate to four Republican conventions; U.S. Collector of Customs for the port of Wilmington 1891-94
Dr. James B. Dudley: The president of North Carolina A&T College from 1896-1925.
Mr. Josh Halsey: He was born around 1846, died November 10, 1898, of a gunshot, and was buried during the 1898 Insurrection bury in the Halsey family plot, Section C.
John C Hill: Republican politician during reconstruction; register of deeds, 1877-1878; justice of the peace 1877-78; Member of the N.C. House of Representatives; city alderman; captain in State Guard; and the magistrate.
Mr. John T. Howe: U.S. mail clerk and N.C. House of Representative 1897
Mr. Valentine Howe: The builder of Wilmington’s many fine and significant buildings and a former N.C. House of Representatives.
Mrs. Dorothy Jackson Johnson: A teacher and school Board Member
Honorable Abraham Galloway: Republican Senator; 1868-76
Sam McFarland: He was born in South Carolina around 1850, “died of a gunshot in his body” on November 12, 1898, and was buried in
lot M or N, section 2 during the 1898 Insurrection.
Mr. John E. Taylor: The Deputy Collector of Customs for the Port of Wilmington at the end of the 1800s. He was also an assistant major in 1897.
Dr. James Francis Shober: Was the first licensed physician in North Carolina.
Dr. Robert Taylor: The first Negro architect to graduate from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology architecture in the United States.
Attorney George Mabson: The first Negro attorney in the state of North Carolina
D Mr. William Moore: The North Carolina General Assembly 1874-75 and member of N.C. Senate
Bishop John H. Shaw: A local mortician and bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Representative William H. Waddell: Superintendent of city improvements and N.C. House of Representative 1881-83
Mr. E.E Green
Mrs. Mary Washington Howe
Mrs. Hannah E. Kelly
Mrs. Lillian Shober
Dr. Frank Avant: A local physician
Dr. John Mask: A local physician
Dr. Thomas Mask: A local physician
Dr. John Austin: A local physician
Mr. George Chadbourn: A local businessman
Mr. Robert Chestnut: A local businessman
Mr. David Sadgwar: A local businessman
Mr. R.S. Jervay: The publisher
Mr. Alfred Hargraves: A local businessman
Mr. Levi Mosley: A local businessman
Mr. John Lewis: A local Businessman
Mr. Lorenza Kennedy.
Mr. John Rivera:
Mr. Allen Evans Jackson
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