Shady Grove Cemetery

Shady Grove Cemetery between Cape Girardeau and Dutchtown at the deadend of CR 211 is the final resting spot for more than 250 members of the area’s black community. It dates to before the Civil War. A reader pointed it out to me after I did a story on the Pecan Grove School, which is at the corner of Hwy 74 and CR 211.

When I went there about two years ago, it was in pretty ratty shape. When I returned with LaFern and Shari Stiver on a beautiful fall day in 2011, the land had been cleared. I hope careful note was made of where the tombstones were located because they had apparently been moved to make the clean-up easier. I did note red flags scattered here and there.

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10 Replies to “Shady Grove Cemetery”

  1. As I was doing my genealogy project, I found several family tombstones where the date of death had not been entered. As a relative, I would get the death certificate listing the cemetery to have the local marker business enter the date of death. Most of these family members had been dead for decades.

  2. I grew up on the land next the cemetery (by the pond) and just walked the cemetery yesterday. Has anyone cleaned it up since 2012?

  3. D Cato, Ron Giboney here. Apparently there has been discussions relative to head stones or markers being moved. In any event, the Giboney’s and Cato’s are also related. Would love to talk

  4. Diane Giboney-Bell what happen to all the head stones and markers out at Shady Grove Cemetery . There seems to be only about 5 or 6 left in place in the entire cemetery. Isn’t that against the law?
    Everyone who has ancestors should be questioning what is going on out there

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