Harpersville cemetery put on state historical registry

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Harpersville Garden of Memories cemetery is Alabama&8217;s latest landmark to be recognized by the Alabama Historical Registry.

The town will hold a dedication ceremony and place a roadside marker on Alabama Highway 25 this Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. to honor the cemetery&8217;s rich history.

During the dedication, a marker will be placed at the grave of patriot William Jennings, who, although only 10-years-old, was a private in the Virginia militia and present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Jennings died in Shelby County in 1840.

The ceremony will also feature the rededications of a World War II missing in action memorial of staff sergeant James H. Green and the memorial of Boz Shepard, the last chief of the local Kewahatchie tribe.

The first burial in the cemetery was in March of 1823, with the burial of Orpha Moore, the wife of a local minister.

The registry listing was a dual effort of the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance