Special ceremony to take place at Poor Farm Cemetery

Mercer County

Many gathered in Mercer County on Thursday, May 24 to get a local cemetery ready for a special ceremony this Memorial Day Weekend.

Usually when you go to a cemetery, you see tombstones, but at Poor Farm Cemetery, that is not the case. 

It’s located in Mercer County at Exit 14 off of I-77. 

Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer said the people buried there found themselves in hard times. The land was originally given to this part of the community so they could grow their own food and provide for their families. 

“When they pass away, we bury them here without marked graves with the one exception. And it’s important, I think, for all of us to remember these people and to also know that this is a sacred site, just like any cemetery,” Archer said.

Archer said there are about 300 unmarked graves in the cemetery, so the county doesn’t have many records, but he was able to look up history on one of the people at rest there.

He also said this project has been on his mind since the first day he took office. He is glad they are finally able to do something to remember those buried in this place.

They have planned a ceremony on Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. 

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