Slave – Negro – Potter’s Field
The Pauper Cemetery
In case of death of a person who didn’t have a family to take care of them, burial was furnished by the county, and the body was buried in the pauper cemetery. The pauper cemetery, or potter’s field, in Gallatin is located approximately 1/4 mile from the town of Gallatin.
It might be hard to determine exactly the location of this cemetery as three cemeteries seem to lie next to each other. Findings at the courthouse and with present landowners reveal these three cemeteries are: Herdon – a negro cemetery; Hemry – a slave cemetery; and Pauper cemetery or Potter’s Field.
In the Herdon cemetery, one will find the concrete foundation approximately 20 feet square, which could have been the foundation of the negro church that stood in this area.
These cemeteries, now grown up in weeds and brush, and with broken and missing stones, have a history that could, or should be revealed. Slave cemeteries aren’t easily found today. Also, they house the bodies of Jump and Smith who were victims of a famous hanging in Gallatin.
Researched by Wilbur Bush