Historical marker dedication set for Old Sterrett Cemetery

Published 4:53 pm Thursday, March 17, 2011

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

STERRETT — Another Shelby County cemetery will soon be honored with a historical marker to commemorate its listing on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Registry.

The Old Sterrett Cemetery, located behind Beulah Baptist Church on Alabama 25 in Sterrett, will have a marker dedication at 2 p.m. April 9.

Glenn Nivens, the recording secretary for the Shelby County Historical Society, said dedication organizers hope to honor community founders by having old photographs on display and telling historical stories.

Refreshments will also be served, and there will be a singing, Nivens said.

Organizer Rachel Clinkscale said several speakers will be present at the dedication. Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance Vice President Ted Urquhart is slated to speak, while organization President Frank Brown may also speak. Bobby Joe Seales, president of the Shelby County Historical Society, will also speak, as will Lee Anne Wofford from the Alabama Historical Society.

Shelby County Commissioner Dan Acker may also speak about one of his ancestors, Fedora Cloud Falkner, who was a granddaughter of a tribe chief in the Creek Nation.

“There will be some interesting stories to be told,” Nivens said.

Clinkscale also said organizers have invited Confederate re-enactors to attend and perform.