Old Agency Cemetery Project

Old Agency Cemetery Project



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More Pictures and Information About This Cemetery

List of Burials and Gravestone Photographs

We are making plans to restore this abandoned and neglected historical place.
We hope that you will join us by contributing to the fund to purchase the property, clean and
restore it and provide a perpetual care fund.

Send your questions and comments to us by EMAILor contribute by sending a check to the address below.


OCPA,Inc.
P. O. Box 1933
Muskogee, OK 74402-1933






History

Located 1 1/2 miles East of Fern Mountain just East of US 69 in Muskogee, this cemetery covers 5 acres.
It is severely vandalized and overgrown

According to the Indian Pioneer History, volume 55, pages 338, 339:

"Soon after the Creek agency was established at Fern Mountain in 1857, the Agency burial ground was started on the hill one and a half miles east of the Agency on the first road between the Agency and Ft.Gibson, and the old deeply worn road that winds its way through the old cemetery today is a part of that same old Agency-Ft. Gibson trail.--Fannie Renty, Creek Freedman, born and reared in the vicinity gave the information contained in the preceeding paragraph.

It would be difficult to estimate the number of graves in this old cemetery with any degree of accuracy as none of the older graves have markers with inscriptions and many of them have a heavy growth of brush and briers over them indicating many years of neglect. Some of the later graves have expensive and beautiful monuments and tombs, but sadly neglected and several have fallen down."

Some believe that the well known lawman Bass Reeves is buried here but no stone has been found. There are, however many early pioneers buried in this cemetery including Sugar George, a member of the Creek Tribal Council and Harry Island, an official U.S. Interpreter with the Creek Nation. Many burials include veterans of the Civil War, WWI and WWII.






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