Prewitt Slave Cemetery
The Prewitt Slave Cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 300-500 slaves and may well be the largest existing slave cemetery in Alabama. The cemetery was established in 1820s by John Welsh Prewitt, a plantation owner and slave trader, who owned more than 600 slaves. The last burial in the two-acre cemetery took place in 1945. Markers date as far back as 1819 and range from hand-cut river rock with crude etchings to solid slabs of arched stone, footstones and flat rocks with refined text. As the cemetery is on private land, it is not clear if the public is able to access the site as of 2017.
Backstory and Context
Morton, Jason. "Two historic cemeteries blocked from public access." Tuscaloosa News. February 24, 2009. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20090224/two-historic-cemeteries-blocked-from-public-access.