Driving Tour

History

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Wesley Barton, born in Alton, Illinois in 1818, was one of the first black pioneers to settle in the area, arriving in August of 1855. Barton homesteaded on this site that included 100 acres. None of Barton's original buildings remain today.

Forest (Burr-Salem) Cemetery was an interracial burying ground from the beginning and may be the largest of the area's mixed race cemeteries. Families represented here include Bass, Arms, Waldon (Waldron, Walden), Revels, Winchell, Roberst and Shivers. Alga and Flora Shivers are buried here.


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