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Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Barrhead , AB

Street Address: Hwy 655
Community: 12m W of Barrhead
Township: NE 21-59-05 W5
Locality: Barrhead
Province: AB
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From The Barrhead Leader 3 Aug 1982 'Graves on the Hill': "The Bethel Baptist cemetery, a cemetery commemorated as the burial place of the Campsie district and area's first black settlers. It's closed now, and the 13 black settlers that are buried there are at peace." "The people from the United States had been drawn to Northern Alberta because of an extensive advertising campaign by the Canadian Government." In 1912 "the cemetery was established. It was laid out for the black people of the area, funded by a government grant. [Early settler Walker] Beaver explained the cemetery was established because of a wish of some community members to be buried together." "Edward Smith, buried 1948, was the last to be laid to rest in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Sometime between 1948 and 1950 a cairn was erected at the site in honour of those early settlers.".

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