The Bullitt County History Museum

Magruder Slave Cemetery (African American Cemetery)

Magruder Slave Cemetery (African American Cemetery) - Location: Bernheim Forest (N 37 54.5600 W 85 39.6700); Elevation: 626 feet; Date Visited: 9/29/2007; Available Pictures= 43 [Cem #132]

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Burials: No marked tombstones just 22 field stone's.

Archibald Magruder in his will dated July 17, 1832 mentioned by name 6 slaves that he had willed to members of his family. I am listing these 6 names here as possible burials for this cemetery. I have no proof they were buried in this cemetery but believe it is very possible they were.

  1. Fellow John
  2. Lucinda
  3. John son of Lucinda
  4. Washington
  5. Candess
  6. Elizabeth

There was a 7th slave mentioned by the name of Tom but he was to be sold so he probably was not buried in this cemetery.

Source: Kentucky Family Records, Volume 29, Page 40 and 41

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