This once 52 acre land was established in 1884 by a fraternal order called the Vicksburg Tabernacle #19 Independent Order of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity. These Vicksburg natives purchased the land for $1000 in hopes of giving local African Americans a cemetery and final resting place. Since it's original purchase, the land has decreased to only 14.5 acres and provides graves for over 5,500 of the most prominent African Americans of Vicksburg history. Beulah Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Located at the end of the Old Jackson Road in Vicksburg, Mississippi, tourists can drive by to see the tombstones of the past.
Backstory and Context
In the 1950s, a chain link fence and archway were added to the cemetery. After nearly 60 years of the archway lying on the ground, a local community college restored the archway to its original status and since then the archway has remained visible to the public. The Beulah Cemetery Restoration Committee is a committee that has dedicated itself to preserve and maintain the cemetery, which has been listed as a National Register of Historic Places since 1992.
Two main roads accompany the cemetery, giving visitors access to drive through and look for their ancestors' tombstones and experience a glimpse of history. The Beulah Cemetery website also provides an interactive link to find a grave located on its property.