Odd Fellows Cemetery (Starkville)
This is one of the newest pictures of the restored cemetery.
The oldest grave here is dates back to 1882.
Odd Fellows Cemetery was the 2nd Black cemetery in that city, added to National Register of Historic Places.
These are a few of the tombstones
Backstory and Context
The cemetery is one of several historic Black cemeteries in the area. The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows of America purchased three acres and maintained a cemetery where Henderson Street intersects with Highway 82 in Starkville. That cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. There are also three historic Black cemeteries in Columbus: Friendship Cemetery, Union Cemetery, and Sandfield Cemetery.
Dating the tombstones to see if any predate 1882 is difficult as many of the graves were originally unmarked, and some of the tombstones have been worn by weather. The cemetery faced years of neglect until descendants and community members took steps to stop the vandalism and the natural wear from weather and other factors. These men and women restored the cemetery in the 1970s. The cemetery has been well-maintained in recent years.
2. Oktibbeha County, Mississippi Genealogy. 2011. http://oktibbeha.msghn.org/cemeteries/African_American_Odd_Fellows_Cemetery_Oktibbeha.shtml
3. Images by Nataliemaynor - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35448388