Annual Tour of the Community once known as ‘Cemetery’


Following the Civil War, a Freedmen’s community known as Cemetery emerged on the landscape where the Battle of Stones River had raged.

Park rangers along with representatives of the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County, the Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and Middle Tennessee State University will take visitors to several sites where they will meet the residents of Cemetery and learn how they overcame many challenges and forge new lives in freedom.

The tour will begin at the park visitor center at 1 PM. The tour will take approximately 90 minutes.

We recommend you pre-register to reserve a seat on our 60-passenger bus.  You can register by calling 615-893-9501 or emailing us at

Edith Ann Clark Moore stands in front of the home her grandfather, Mel Malone, built in the Cemetery Community. Although the home is in disrepair, she hopes to restore it. She presented a program during a Stones River National Battlefield tour spotlighting the Cemetery Community. (Photo Tom BeckwithDNJ)

The old community of Cemetery – Mt. Olivet Church, 1992

The old community of Cemetery – Van Cleve Lane